President Mahinda Rajapaksa says Sri Lanka’s constitution may not be perfect but it still needs to be followed.
He said this at a special meeting with members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) at Temple Trees today, the President’s office said.
The President’s office said that BASL President Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa and officials representing 14 other judicial zones participated at the meeting.
The meeting was to discuss the removal of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and moves to appoint a new Chief Justice.
Responding to a statement by one provincial lawyer who said that his concern was more with the process of impeachment, President Rajapaksa said, “The impeachment process was carried out strictly according to the current Constitution. There may be imperfections with our Constitution. No country has a constitution that is perfect, but we have to follow it.”
During what turned out to be an extremely cordial discussion, President Rajapaksa stated that it should be the responsibility of all professionals to identify groups that are ridiculing the judiciary and law, merely for political gains, the President’s office said.
To this, several members responded by informing President Rajapaksa that some groups are trying to benefit politically under the guise of the Bar Association and that BASL was not involved in some of the incidents that took place during the last several weeks.
Minister of Justice Rauf Hakeem, Minister of External Affairs G.L. Peiris, Minister of Sports Mahindananga Aluthgama and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga joined the discussion. (Colombo Gazette)