BASL adopts 3 resolutions

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) adopted three resolutions during its special meeting held this morning.

The special meeting was convened to discuss the state of the judiciary following moves to impeach Chief Justice  Shirani Banadaranayake.

Meanwhile BASL Vice President Anoma Goonetilake told the Colombo Gazette she was resigning from her post as objections raised by her at the meeting were not considered by the BASL President.

BASL President Wijeydasa Rajapaksa said that one resolution adopted was that the BASL will not accept a new Chief Justice if the current Chief Justice is removed without a fair trial.

The other resolutions were to urge President Mahinda Rajapaksa to reconsider the impeachment motion on the Chief Justice and if the government is to proceed with the motion then for the Speaker and parliament to formulate and enact procedural laws in relation to removal of the judges of the superior courts.

“We believe the President will consider our requests,”  Rajapaksa said.

He said that just over 3000 lawyers attended the special meeting of the BASL held at the BASL auditorium today.

A tense situation arose following the BASL meeting but Rajapaksa insisted that during the meeting there were no objections to the three resolutions.

However he said there were attempts by some lawyers to discuss issues beyond the agenda which he as President of the BASL did not permit. (Colombo Gazette)