Dec 07, 2012 (LBO) – Lawyers for Sri Lanka’s chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake has explained why she walked out, after she was called names, was not allowed to cross examine witnesses and was given a large bundle of document which was expected to be answered in a day. The statement is reproduced below:

Today the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake walked out of the Parliamentary Select Committee in protest in the face of hostile and biased conduct of the government members of the PSC so as to ensure the dignity of the judiciary of Sri Lanka. The Chief Justice reiterates that she is innocent of the false charges made against her and is always willing to face any impartial tribunal in order to vindicate herself. The following are the events which led to the decision of the Chief Justice to walk out of the PSC. The PSC was requested as far back as November 20th to furnish the information required to reply the allegations. This information was never provided.

When the PSC commenced sitting on 23rd November 2012 learned Counsel for the Chief Justice requested that a list of witnesses and a list of documents relied upon in support of the allegations be made available. It is common knowledge that even in a disciplinary inquiry in the public se