MR appoints committee to review impeachment probe

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed an independent committee to review a parliamentary committee’s highly criticized impeachment probe of the country’s chief justice.

The parliamentary committee found Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake guilty of unexplained wealth and misuse of power and disqualified her from office last month.

But the country’s top court declared last week that the parliamentary committee did not have the authority to probe Bandaranayake, escalating a showdown between Sri Lanka’s legislature and judiciary.

Local and international critics say the chief justice did not get a fair trial during the probe. They also say the case against Bandaranayake is an attempt by the government to stifle the judiciary’s independence.

A government website says the four-member committee appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa began its work Monday morning. (AP)