PRES­I­DENT RE­VEALS WHY HE RE­MOVED MO­HAN PEIRIS

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY PUSHPAKUMARA MALLAWAARACHCHI

Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena re­vealed, yes­ter­day, that the first ac­tion he took us­ing his ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers was to re­move for­mer chief jus­tice Mo­han Peiris, when he came and begged him not to re­move him from his post and ex­pressed his will­ing­ness to do any­thing he wanted.

The pres­i­dent dis­closed how Mo­han Peiris vis­ited him at his res­i­dence af­ter he as­sumed du­ties on Jan­uary 9, 2015 and promised to take ac­tion in his favour and im­plored him not to re­move him from his post of CJ.

The pres­i­dent re­vealed this while ad­dress­ing a pub­lic meet­ing in Warakap­ola. “Chief Jus­tice Mo­han Peiris came to meet me at 10.00 pm on the day af­ter I as­sumed du­ties as pres­i­dent and told me not to re­move him from his post. He said he would de­liver his judg­ments ac­cord­ing to my wishes. I told him there was no in­ten­tion of re­mov­ing him from his post and told him to leave my res­i­dence,” the pres­i­dent said.

But he re­turned the next day and begged me not to re­move him from his post, he said. Then I re­alised how th­ese peo­ple had been in the habit of giv­ing judg­ments to suit the pre­vi­ous regime. There­fore, I de­cided to re­move him from his post at once, us­ing my ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers for the first time, he said.

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