HC Judge Kannan’s appointment violates 19A: SLPP
The ‘yahapalanaya’ government has also violated the 19th Amendment when appointing the AG and IGP
The appointment of High Court Judge Ramanathan Kannan by President Maithripala Sirisena has violated the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman G.L. Peiris charged yesterday.
He told a media briefing that the appointment had not been made on his own accord but on a request by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL).
“The BASL has no role to play in making judicial appointments,” Mr. Peiris said.
Quoting constitutional provisions, he said such appointments had to be made by the President on the recommendations of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) after consulting the Attorney General (AG).
Mr. Peiris said the BASL was made up of lawyers appearing before judges and would reek of partiality if the lawyers had a hand in making such appointments.
“The ‘yahapalanaya’ government has also violated the 19th Amendment to the Constitution when appointing the AG and the Inspector General of Police. This government is bending the law as it wishes,” he said.