HC Judge Kan­nan’s ap­point­ment vi­o­lates 19A: SLPP

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY KELUM BANDARA AND KALATHMA JAYAWARDHANE

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.

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