Impeachment of the Chief Justice in Sri Lanka: A Comparison PDF Print E-mail

Kamal Nissanka, Attorney-at-Law

BA (Hon), PgD(International Relations)

The impeachment motion filed against the chief justice of Sri Lanka a few days ago (Nov 1, 2012) has resulted in bringing a political storm especially within the legal and political sphere of the island. The voices of politicians and political parties are heard around on the theme while the legal community is coming forward with various constructive criticisms regarding the whole national drama. In this developing situation it is worthwhile to look in comparison another friendly Asian country that brought its Chief Justice through an impeachment process this year and dismissed him from the high profile post in May 2012. He was Mr. Renato .C. Corona, then Chief Justice of Philippines.

Mr. Corona was made the chief justice of Philippines just a few weeks back to the Presidential Election of 2010 by then Philippine President Ms Gloria Arroyo. Previously he was the Chief of Staff of the former President Ms Gloria Arroyo administration. In our situation the incumbent Chief Justice was appointed a Supreme Court judge in 1996 by then President Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga. When she assumed the duties as a Supreme Court judge she had to face three fundamental rights cases against her which were decided by a bench of seven judges. One petitioner argued that Ms Shirani Bandaranayaka was pro devolution. It was a period where the People's Alliance government under Ms Chandrika Kumaratunga was pushing her draft for a new constitution. Former President might have thought that a judge in the caliber of Ms Shirani Bandaranayake would have been advantageous to the expected legal challenges in that era. We don't know the exact rationale behind the appointment surpassing carreer judges. It took further 15 more years for Ms Shirani Bandaranayaka to sit on the august bench of the Supreme Court as the first woman Chief Justice in Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

The saga of impeachment is also linked to her husband's fate, a political appointee by the President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse as a member of the board of directors, first to Insurance Cooperation, then to the Lanka Hospitals and finaly as the chairman of the National Savings Bank (NSB). Whether he was correct or incorrect, corrupted or clean under his chairmanship the NSB was involved in an unjustified share deal bringing public distrust on the bank. Two weeks before the impeachment motion against chief justice, a case was filed against her husband on bribery and corruption charges.

Sabaragamuwa Junior School presents Sinhala and Tamil folk dances at opening by UNICEF Head of English Activity Centre on World Children’s Day PDF Print E-mail

english activity centre at the karandana junior school in the eheliyagoda educational division 2012On World Children's Day the Country Director of UNICEF in Sri Lanka, Mr Reza Husseini, opened an English Activity Centre at the Karandana Junior School in the Eheliyagoda Educational Division. The Centre, which also includes two classrooms for Grade V students, and looks out over the local hills, was built with decentralized funds allocated by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha.

Mr Husseini unveiled the plaque which was in English and Sinhala and Tamil, and students introduced the programme in all three languages. The school also presented Sinhala and Tamil Folk Dance items with great skill and enthusiasm.

Students from Sri Jinaratna Maha Vidyalaya, the Karandana Secondary School, welcomed Mr Husseini with a traditional dance. Accompanying them was an English Volunteer Teacher, Ms Melissa Hughes, whose work follows that of an earlier Volunteer at the Junior School. Other Volunteers have also served in schools in Eheliyagoda and Kiriella and Ruwanwella under the same programme, which has contributed to greater confidence amongst school children in the use of English.

CALD Statement on Climate Change PDF Print E-mail



CALD Statement on Climate Change

We, the representatives of the Democrat Party (Thailand), Democratic Progressive Party (Taiwan), Liberal Party (Philippines), Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia, Singapore Democratic Party, Liberal Party (Sri Lanka), National Council of the Union of Burma, Sam Rainsy Party (Cambodia), Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, and Civil Will Party (Mongolia), full member parties of CALD, on the occasion of CALD Climate Change Conference in Palawan, Philippines, following on our previous workshops in Bangkok, Thailand (28 November-1 December 2011) and Cagayan de Oro/Bukidnon, The Philippines (10-14 February 2012); 

The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka celebrated its 25th anniversary PDF Print E-mail

On January 20th 2012 with a seminar at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies.











Chief Guest Mrs Srima Dissanayake, UNP Presidential candidate in 1994, whose manifesto was prepared by Chanaka Amaratunga of the Liberal Party on behalf of her husband Gamini Dissanayake, in conversation with Prof Wijesinha, leader of the party.

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