CJ should investigate politically influenced verdicts – Keheliya

The Chief Justice as the chair of the Judicial Service Commission should conduct an independent investigation on politically influenced verdicts, Co-Government Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.

Rambukwella told reporters this morning that this should be done in order to restore the people’s faith in the judiciary since public perception of the judicial system has taken a hit from recent developments.

The State Minister was referring to leaked audio recordings purportedly featuring MP Ranjan Ramanayake and other high profile individuals that have been making headlines this week.

Based on the content of the recordings leaked on social and some mainstream media, he said, the public has become understandably suspicious of judgements given over the past five years.

He said this was ironic given that the so called Yahapalana or Good Governance regime led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was adamant on securing the supremacy of the law and setting up independent commissions and the like.

“The very architects of the 19th amendment have brutally violated it using the amendment itself as a cover,” he said.

Rambukwella further said that despite the opposition’s accusations of a political vendetta, the word vendetta isn’t even in the vocabulary of the new government, from the President downward.

“If taking action against a Member of Parliament suspected of intervening in judiciary matters is carrying out a political vendetta, then we see opposition to that as an attempt to hide their wrongdoings,” he said. 

However, it is unfair to blame only MP Ramanayake when it is clear now that everyone starting from the former Prime Minister and Ministers to the judiciary and law enforcement agencies have been directly implicated, he added.

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