Written by Staff Writer
09 Jan, 2020 | 8:05 pm
Colombo (News 1st): A number of government Ministers said that they expect the Chief Justice to take action regarding the released phone conversations of MP Ranjan Ramanayake. Government media spokesperson State Minister Keheliya Rambukwella noted that they are trying to blame Ranjan Ramanayake for all of this, but he had these conversations with many public representatives down from the Prime Minister, the Ministers as well as representatives of the country’s judiciary and the law enforcement agencies.
He added that the other parties of these conversations have also contributed directly to this and it is unfair to only hold Ranjan Ramanayake accountable. He requested the Chief Justice to take steps to ensure that the rule of law is respected.
The state minister said as the Chief Justice is the head of the Judicial Services Commission, he believes he can take steps to rectify this before the people of this country lose faith in the judiciary. He proposed that the Chief justice should take steps to change the perspective that the people have about the judiciary.
When questioned if a person who is convicted of a certain offence has the ability to revise that decision, he said there is a possibility. However, when journalists questioned if it means people like Duminda Silva can get their cases reviewed again, he noted that he does not want to answer questions regarding specific individuals.
Meanwhile, co-cabinet spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardene also spoke regarding the issue:
Minister Bandula Gunawardena: We expect that the Chief Justice will take steps to protect the integrity of the judiciary without causing any issues between the legislature and the judiciary, and work towards ensuring that the people trust the judiciary. The situation that has arisen in the Supreme Court should be taken up for hearing through a select committee in parliament. We will not be hasty to do that because that might cause a clash between the legislature and the judiciary.
Journalist: So just like the judiciary, the Criminal Investigations Department too should be completely restructured right?
Minister Bandula Gunawardena: Definitely, that should be done.
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