CJ & AG nominate different people for supreme court vacancy

CJ & AG nominate different people for supreme court vacancy

Written by Staff Writer

12 Jan, 2020 | 7:52 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st):- Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Attorney General Dappula De Livera have nominated different persons to take up the vacant Supreme Court seat.

According to the Sunday Times Chief justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Attorney General, Dappula De Livera have recommended two different persons to sit on a vacant Supreme Court seat amidst a judicial service inquiry into taped conversations between judges and an MP and a string of Commissions of Inquiry into alleged misdeeds of the former government.

The President of the Court of appeal has been nominated by the Chief Justice to fill the vacancy created in the Supreme Court by the sudden demise of Justice Prasanna Jayawardena, while the Additional Deputy Solicitor General and Bribery Commission Director-General has been nominated by the Attorney General.

The Sunday Times further stated that a request has been made to the President to appoint someone from the unofficial bar to fill Justice Jayawardena’s seat as the late justice was appointed to the Supreme Court from the unofficial bar. Accordingly, the names of three President’s Counsels from the unofficial bar have also been forwarded to the President.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Jayasuriya has directed the secretary to the Commission of the Judicial Services to call for explanations from two sitting judges and a retired judge who allegedly discussed pending cases with Ranjan Ramanayake.

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