- Published on Saturday, 24 November 2012 11:15
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Sri Lankan parliamentarians Friday requested the judiciary not to interfere with the proceedings of the parliamentary select committee probing the charges against the country's Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.
Addressing a news conference in the parliamentary complex following the first session of the PSC Friday, the government parliamentarians said they expect the judicial officials to assist in continuing proceedings of this legal and constitutional action independently, as well as in a dignified manner without causing any hindrance as the process is fully legal as well as constitutional.
The legal experts on the side of the government argues that the government has acted well within the constituion of the country. There is nothing nconstitutinal in the procedures adopted by the govt legislatures in bringing in impeachment motion against the top judge of the country. The government is the creature of the Constituion.So the govt cannot act ultra virus to it, a legal counsel said.
The parliamentarians participating in the media briefing appreciated the Chief Justice's appearance at the first session honoring the provisions of the Constitution and the Supremacy of Parliament.Dr. Bandaranayake appeared before the PSC yesterday with her legal counsels.
The PSC has asked her to submit additional materials on her answers to the 14 charges brought against her through the impeachment motion before the next session scheduled for 4th December.
Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne noted that the impeachment motion has been moved under provision 107(2) of the Constitution, but various organizations and persons have discussed the matter violating the provisions of the Constitution."Our action is legally warranted. It is not something illegal," he said.
Addressing the media briefing, Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake said the Parliamentary Select Committee has started probing the charges against the Chief Justice based on a resolution submitted by 117 MPs under the provisions of the Constitution.He explained that the provisions in the Constitution allow maintaining the checks and balance between the organs of State, Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, and the action was taken in accordance with the Constitution.
Appearance of the Chief Justice before the select committee was a democratic step, he said.Minister Lakshman Seneviratne stressed that the legislators proceed with due respect to the judiciary and judiciary therefore should not interfere with the legislature.