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Dec 13, 2012 (LBO) - A proposed committee to examine a report by a parliamentary committee involving the impeachment of Sri Lanka's Chief Justice will be made up of independent experts, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. President Rajapaksa told editors of media institutions Monday that such a committee was not mandated by the constitution but will be made up of knowledgeable persons who will assist him in making decisions.

The review process will not be a challenge to the parliamentary committee, he said.

The parliamentary select committee and its conduct came under fire for not meeting basic standards of natural justice with the Chief Justice walking out and opposition members withdrawing.

President Rajapaksa the standing orders relating to a parliamentary select committee (PSC) was set up by the current opposition United National Party in the 1980s when the then administration was attempting oust Chief Justice Neville Samarakoon.

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The UNP was responsible for bringing a constitution in 1978 which destroyed the remnants of an independent public service and critics have charged that it was responsible for strengthening the powers of the state and rulers reducing liberties of the people.

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