Sri Lanka’s former Chief Justice says parliament has no powers to investigate a retired judge

Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva told media today that the parliament has no powers to investigate a retired judge.

He made these comments speaking on a request submitted by 75 parliamentarians to the Speaker to appoint a parliamentary select committee to probe his tenure.

Highlighting that President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself had given him a letter highly praising his services, the former Chief Justice said that MPs’ request was conflicting with the President’s letter.

Silva accused the government of trying to re-create slavery by taking disciplinary action against retired judges. The move to appoint a PSC to investigate him is taking revenge, he said.

The lawmakers have signed a petition to appoint a PSC to look into the happenings in the judiciary system during Silva’s tenure. The committee is expected to compensate those who were affected by the unfortunate decisions during his time as chief judge.

Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, who was a close associate of the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, became an ardent supporter of the opposition following his retirement in June 2009.

Silva, known for his unconventional and controversial rulings and off-the-court conduct was criticized immensely by media during his times as Attorney-General and Chief Justice.

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