CJ given till Nov.30 to file objections

By Saman Indrajith

Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, who appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee, appointed to probe charges against her, was given time till November 30 to file objections in her defence.

Accompanied by six of her lawyers, the Chief Justice arrived at the Parliamentary complex around 10.00 a.m. and was met at the public entrance by the Assistant Sarjeant-At-Arms Kushan Jayaratna as well as a protocol officer

She was then accompanied to the Committee room waiting area.

The Committee members arrived by about 10.30 a.m. and commenced the proceedings. The Chief Justice was called in around 11.20 a.m.

Initially, she was asked to come into Committee Room A, where the proceedings were underway, by herself, but as she refused, two of her lawyers were allowed in. Later. her other four lawyers also joined her in the Committee room.

At the onset, the Committee informed her that it would disregard the recommendation of the Supreme Court, made on Thursday, that the Committee defer its meetings till after the Court gives a determination on the petitions challenging the legality of the PSC.

The sittings continued till 1.00 p.m.

Media personnel, covering Parliament, were allowed to cover the Chief Justice’s arrival and talk to her lawyers but were told to refrain from taking photographs inside the building. Several UNP MPs, including Sajith Premadasa, Range Bandara, Rosy Senanayaka, Sujeewa Senasinghe, and Dayasiri Jayasekera, were among those who came to greet the Chief Justice before the proceedings began.

Several Government members, including Minister Mervyn Silva, Sarath Kumara Gunaratna, and Sarana Gunawardena, were also seen in the Committee waiting area.

The Chief Justice’s team of lawyers comprised Romesh de Silva PC, Kandiah Neelakandan, Nalin Laduwahetty PC, Sugath Caldera, Riyaz Ameen and Saliya Peiris.

The Committee fixed December 4 for the next hearing, on which day the inquiry will commence.

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