Mohan Peiris, a former Attorney General who had also represented the government at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, was today appointed as the new Chief Justice.
He took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Peiris was nominated by the President and approved by a parliament council to replace former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.
The President removed Bandaranayake on Sunday after parliament had voted in favour of her impeachment over various allegations raised against her.
The Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) today filed a petition in court challenging the appointment of Mohan Peiris as the new Chief Justice.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, in a statement on Sunday, expressed deep disappointment at the dismissal of the Chief Justice.
He said that he will consider further Commonwealth initiatives on Sri Lanka, a member of the Commonwealth, and responses as are envisaged in situations that could be perceived to constitute violations of core Commonwealth values and principles.
The US State Department meanwhile warned on Monday that the removal of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake could impact on Sri Lanka’s ability to attract foreign investment.