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Former CJ On The Mat

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Vimukthi Yapa
 Seventy six government members of parliament including cabinet ministers and their deputies have signed a motion calling on Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to inquire into and report on the allegations of abuse of power, misconduct and/or misbehavior that have been leveled against Sarath N Silva, former Chief Justice.

The motion asks that since such allegations charge that Sarath Nanda Silva brought the Judiciary into disrepute; And that he had failed to protect and preserve the Independence of the Judiciary and Rule of Law; a Select Committee of Parliament be appointed to inquire into the following matters and report.

The Motion calling for a PSC to inquire
 and report on:

(a)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. Janaka Bandara, former Magistrate, Wellawaya and whether he was compelled and pressurized to tender his resignation,
 (b)     the circumstances relating to the termination of the services of Mr. Hiran Ekanayake, former Additional Magistrate, Colombo and whether his services were terminated maliciously.
 (c)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. Sunil Lawrence de Costa, former Magistrate,
 (d)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. Anura Bandara, former Additional District Judge, Matara,
 (e)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. D M Siriwardena, former Magistrate, Maligakanda
 (f)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. Palitha Bandaranayake, former District Judge, Negombo,
 (g)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. Prabhath de Silva, former District Judge, Nuwara Eliya,
 (h)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. D. M. T. B. Dissanayake, former Magistrate, Kebithigollawa,
 (i)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. Harold Wijesiri Liyanage, former Additional Magistrate, Colombo,
 (j)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. K. D. D. K. de Abrew, former Magistrate, Morawaka,
 (k)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. Y. L. Dharmasena, former Magistrate, Balapitiya,
 (l)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. Nandana Weerasinghe, former Additional Magistrate, Kandy,
 (m)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. A. M. D. S. Dikkapitiya, former Magistrate, Kantale,
 (n)     the circumstances relating to termination of the services of Mr. G. D. Kulatilake, former District Judge, Elpitiya,
 (o)     in addition to the aforementioned, instances where the services of judicial officers have been terminated maliciously,
 (p)     whether Hon. Sarath N. Silva caused the appointment as caretaker of the Judges Institute which was functioning at the official residence of the Chief Justice at 129, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7, of a person by the name of Rohana Kumara, against whom several cases were pending,
 (q)     the circumstances relating to the formation of The Buddhist Broadcasting Services of which Hon. Sarath N. Silva is an honorary Director and the decision in CBN Sat case, where the Petitioner Muhunthan Canagey had given a donation of Rs. 65 million to start The Buddhist TV channel,
 (r)     matters connected with the role of Hon. Sarath N. Silva in the World Bank/UNDP funded project on modernization of Parliament, democracy and development,
 (s)     whether any other persons are aggrieved as a result of malicious action on the part of Hon. Sarath N. Silva during his tenure of office as Chief Justice.
 2.     (a)     That the Committee and its Chairman shall be nominated by Mr. Speaker.
 (b)     That notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 95, the Committee shall consist of not more than thirty one (31) Members,
 3.     That the Committee shall have the power to, —
 (a)     fix its quorum;
 (b)     send for persons, papers and records, may order any person to attend before Parliament or before such Committee, and to produce any paper, book record or document in the possession or under the control of such person;
 (c)     verify or otherwise ascertain by the oral examination of witnesses and examine witnesses upon oath or affirmation which the Chairman of the Committee or a person specially authorized for that purpose may administer;
 (d)     obtain the services of Specialists and Experts in the relevant fields to assist the Committee; and
 (e)     make interim reports from time to time and to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of Parliament.
 Signed by:

1.    Hon. Maithripala Sirisena
 2.    Hon. Nirmala Kotalawala
 3.    Hon. Mohamed Aslam
 4.    Hon. Indika Bandaranayake
 5.    Hon. W. B. Ekanayake
 6.    Hon. A. R. M. Abdul Cader
 7.    Hon. Susantha Punchinilame
 8.    Hon. Ruwan Ranatunga
 9.    Hon. Tharanath Basnayaka
 10.    Hon. Vinayagamoorthi Muralidaran
 11.    Hon. Palany Thigambaram
 12.    Hon. Sarana Gunawardena
 13.    Hon. Jagath Balasuriya
 14.    Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya
 15.    Hon. Duleep Wijesekera
 16.    Hon. Y. G. Padmasiri
 17.    Hon. Sajin De Vass Gunawardena
 18.    Hon. Piyankara Jayaratne
 19.    Hon. Manusha Nanayakkara
 20.    Hon. (Mrs.) Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi
 21.    Hon. Udith Lokubandara
 22.    Hon. Nimal Wijesinghe
 23.    Hon. A. H. M. Fowzie
 24.    Hon. H. M. M. Harees
 25.    Hon. Lakshman Wasantha Perera
 26.    Hon. Achala Jagodage
 27.    Hon. Mohan Priyadarshana De Silva
 28.    Hon. Nishantha Muthuhettigamage
 29.    Hon. (Dr.) Rohana Pushpa Kumara
 30.    Hon. Shantha Bandara
 31.    Hon. T. Ranjith De Zoysa
 32.    Hon. Rohitha Abeygunawardana
 33.    Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage
 34.    Hon. Lasantha Alagiyawanna
 35.    Hon. Sarath Kumara Gunaratne
 36.    Hon. Tissa Karalliyadda
 37.    Hon. Hemal Gunasekera
 38.    Hon. Eric Prasanna Weerawardhana
 39.    Hon. Shehan Semasinghe
 40.    Hon. Kanaka Herath
 41.    Hon. Lohan Ratwatte
 42.    Hon. Roshan Ranasinghe
 43.    Hon. Gitanjana Gunawardena
 44.    Hon. Reginold Cooray
 45.    Hon. V. S. Radhakrishnan
 46.    Hon. Jayarathne Herath
 47.    Hon. Victor Antony
 48.    Hon. (Miss) Kamala Ranathunga
 49.    Hon. Siripala Gamalath
 50.    Hon. H.R. Mithrapala
 51.    Hon. Rohana Dissanayake
 52.    Hon. (Mrs) Upeksha Swarnamali
 53.    Hon (Mrs) Malani Fonseka
 54.    Hon. Janaka Wakkumbura
 55.    Hon. Vijitha Berugoda
 56.    Hon. Gamini Lokuge
 57.    Hon. Chandrasiri Gajadeera
 58.    Hon. C. B. Rathnayake
 59.    Hon. Piyasena Gamage
 60.    Hon. Kumara Welgama
 61.    Hon. Gamini Wijith Wijithamuni De Zoysa
 62.    Hon. Namal Rajapaksa
 63.    Hon. Risad Badhiutheen
 64.    Hon. J. R. P. Suriyapperuma
 65.    Hon. W. D. J. Senewiratne
 66.    Hon. S.C. Mutukumarana
 67.    Hon. A. D. Susil Premajayantha
 68.    Hon. Rauf Hakeem
 69.    Hon. Milroy Fernando
 70.    Hon. (Dr.) Mervyn Silva
 71.    Hon. A. L. M. Athaulla
 72.    Hon. A. M. Chamika Buddhadasa
 73.    Hon. Felix Perera
 74.    Hon. Wimal Weerawansa
 75.    Hon. M.B. Farook
 76.    Hon. Nandimithra Ekanayake,

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