President says no pressure on judiciary

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says there is no pressure on the judiciary from the government.

Speaking to local media heads today the President said that if the judiciary is not independent the people will lose faith in it.

He said that as President he does not even exert pressure on the police so there is no need for him to get involved with the judiciary.

The President said he had invited the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) for talks to discuss the upcoming budget and it was not to interfere with the judiciary.

He said that similar discussions have been held with the JSC on earlier occasions as well.

President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga said that the Chief Justice had also been invited for the meeting.

President Rajapaksa meanwhile said that there have been several complaints against the JSC. (Colombo Gazette)