Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksha. President of Sri Lanka, Presidential Secretariat, Colombo 01.
Sri Lanka

Request from Sri Lankan president and government
to withdraw false Impeachment motion against the Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.

There should be no influence from politicians against the judicial system or the independence of the judicial system

We request the Sri Lankan president and government
to withdraw the false Impeachment motion against the Chief Justice.

A notice of an impeachment resolution signed by approximately 117 Hon members of parliament has been handed over to Hon the speaker, against the Hon Chief Justice of Sri Lanka.

Prior to this, there were a number of Orders that had been delivered by the Supreme Court Presided by Hon the Chief Justice which may not have been to the liking of the Executive and/or the ruling party, culminating in the handing over of such resolution.

The Sovereignty of the people under the constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is exercised and enjoyed, inter alia by;

a) Parliament consisting of elected representative of the people exercising legislative power,

b) His Excellency the president of the republic elected by the people exercising executive power, and

c) Court Tribunals and institutions created and established or recognized by the constitution or judicial power of the people.

Thus you would see that there is, inter alia, separation of power between the Eexecutive, the Legislature and the Judiciary, in order to ensure good governance.

We would also wish to place on record that the standing order (No 78A) which was brought into operation in the year 1984 does not seen to ensure a fair trial/ inquiry according to the accepted principles relating to fair trial/inquiry to a person brought before a selected committee and it drastic urgent and immediate ammendmants to the said provisions, if it is to ensure such a fair trial/inquiry.

Further, an impeachment of Hon the Chief Justice at this stage, in the aforesaid backgrounds may have a negative effect on the independence of the Judiciary. This would well have a serious effect on the right of the citizens of this country.

In the aforesaid circumstances, we call upon you to sign this e- petition to persuade the members concerned to refrain from pursuing the impeachment motion.

Yours Faithfully
Coalition for judicial Independence

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