SC asks counsel to work out settlement

Wigneswaran-Vijayalakshmi legal wrangle


By Chitra Weeraratne

The Supreme Court yesterday advised counsel to try and work out a settlement and restore goodwill between Chief Minister of the Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran, a retired Supreme Court judge and Chief Secretary of the Northern Province Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Ramesh. It should be done for the sake of good governance, the court said.

Mrs. Ramesh has complained of an attempt to unlawfully remove her and a circular according to which pubic servants of the North cannot travel out of the province without the Chief Minister’s permission; public servants cannot communicate with the government without permission from the Chief Minister.

The petitioner Mrs. Ramesh has said that though the chief Minister said those circulars would be revoked he has not done so.

The SC directed the counsel concerned to make sure that the aforesaid circulars were withdrawn officially.

Mrs. Ramesh has claimed that she was appointed by the President and only he could remove or transfer her.

The case will be called again on July 28, 2014. Counsel Gomin Dayasiri appeared for the petitioner, Mrs. Ramesh.

Counsel K. Kanag Ishavaran P.C. appeared for first respondent C. V. Wignaswaran. Counsel M. A. Sumanthiran appeared with Viran Corea for the Ministers of the Northern Province who had intervened.

Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle appeared for the Attorney General.

The Bench comprised Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, Justice Rohini Marasinghe and Justice Buwanaka Aluwihara.


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