CJ Peiris treated worse than a labourer

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

National Freedom Front (NFF) Media Spokesman Piyasiri Wijenayake yesterday questioned the validity of decisions delivered by the former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and the lawyers who had taken their oath before him during the period he held office from January 15, 2013 to January 28, 2015.

Addressing a press conference at the NFF headquarters at Battaramulla, he asked, "If the appointment of former CJ Peiris is void at its inception then what will happen to the court’s decisions and lawyers who had taken their oaths before the CJ Peiris?"

Wijenayake stressed that there was a method and process to remove even a labourer working at the Municipal Council from his post, but on Wednesday the former CJ Peiris was bullied into resigning due to the mounting pressure on him by the lawyers association affiliated to the UNP.

Citing Article 107 of the Constitution, he said that the new government had not sought the approval of parliament before removing the former CJ Peiris.

"Is this the good governance that they promised?" he questioned.

The new government had completely neglected Parliament, which was the highest law making authority of the country since they came into power on January 8, Wijenayake said.

He also said that the high-handed practice of removing top state officials from the posts they were bearing at the time the new government was appointed was a practice continued by UNP governments since former president J. R. Jayewardene in 1977 and under Ranil Wickremesinghe 2001-2004.

Wijenayake stressed that the new government which had came into power promising governance had now become a dictatorial regime.

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