UNP to boycott committee on new CJ

The United National Party (UNP) will boycott the parliament council meeting headed by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa which will select the new Chief Justice tomorrow.

UNP MP John Amaratunga told the Colombo Gazette that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is one of the council members will not attend the meeting.

The council is to select the new CJ from three nominees after former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was sacked by the President.

Government committee member A.H.M. Azwar however said the UNP leader must attend the meeting, failing which he would be violating parliament rules.

He warned that if the UNP leader fails to attend the parliament council meeting tomorrow to select a new Chief Justice then action will be sought against him from the Speaker.

Former Attorney General Mohan Peiris is believed to be one of the nominees for the post.

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda