Lawyers dismiss impeachment unconstitutional claims

By Madura Ranwala

In the wake of President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointing former Attorney General Mohan Peiris as the new Chief Justice, a group of lawyers, representing five lawyers’ associations, dismissed the claim that the former CJ, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake was removed unconstitutionally and the appointment of new CJ was not in line with the Constitution.

Addressing the media at BMICH, a senior lawyer and the president of the Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights and Democracy said yesterday that the New CJ had all qualifications required for the post and the parliament had approved the appointment with two third’s majority.

"Therefore nobody can go against it and it is a lawful appointment," he added.

Spicing the issue, a young lawyer and the treasure of the coalition, attorney Premnath Dolawatte said that the lawyers who were against the impeachment were puppets of NGOs and persons who worked for LTTE movements operating internationally to discredit motherland and to destabilize the government.

He urged the government to investigate the type of connections those lawyers were having with NGOs and the LTTE rump and to bring them before court.

He stressed that most of the lawyers who were working against the impeachment were being paid for the amount of work they do in Sri Lanka against the government.

When asked why they were silent until the appointment of the new CJ, he said that they expressed their opinions in favour of the impeachment motion which was conducted according to Constitution but no media highlighted their stance.

They said that the dark period of two and a half months was over and at the moment many experience serenity in the judiciary.

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