Impeachment

Nov 07, 2012 (LBO) – Charges made public against Sri Lanka’s chief justice in an impeachment motion signed by more than a 100 ruling coalition parliamentarians include non declaration of assets and the purchase of a house. Sri Lanka’s ruling administration has been has been unhappy at several rulings of the supreme court in recent months with spokesmen charging the court of ‘overstepping’.

Activists backing the independence of the judiciary have labeled the impeachment a witch hunt.

The charges listed in an order paper alleged that Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake included the purchase of a house through a power of attorney for an Australia resident relative and payment of cash for the house to property developers without declaring the source.

The impeachment motion said she was in a bench that heard fundamental rights cases related to Sri Lanka’s Ceylinco group to which the property companies belonged.

The impeachment said she had not declared bank balances in foreign currency and her husband Pradeep Gamini Suraj Kariyawasam was a suspect in a bribery and corruption case in magistrate court.

She was alleged to have mis-used her position at Sri Lanka’s judicial services commission and to have ac