The new chief justice of Sri Lanka, Mohan Peiris, was sworn in on Tuesday last after its previous chief justice Dr. Shirani A. Bandaranayake was impeached by nation's parliament and sacked over allegations of abuse of the powers of her office.
BANARANAYAKE HAS challenged her impeachment and a court found the sacking unconstitutional. A few western countries have also reacted adversely to the conflict between the political powers and judiciary in Sri Lanka. The US State Department was of the view that the conflict would impact adversely the foreign investment in the island nation.
Earlier, Bandaranayake was sworn in as the 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and became the first female chief justice in the 210-year-old judicial system of the nation.
A section of the legal experts are questioning both the procedure and the morality behind the impeachment motion and urging to oppose the sacking.
It may be recalled that the impeachment motion against Bandaranayake was debated by Parliament on 10 and 11 January and passed with 155 MPs voting for and 49 MPs voting against it. President Mahinda Rajapaksa ratified the impeachment motion and sacked her.
It is being held by the opposition parties of Sri Lanka that Rajapaksa has appointed his close aide Mohan Peiris to replace the sacked chief justice.