The Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) passed a resolution on Friday evening urging the authorities immediately stop harassing and humiliating Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake. A BASL spokesperson said the BASL Executive Committee (Ex-co) deplored that Dr. Bandaranayake has been subjected to what it regarded as an “absolute unnecessary harassment and humiliation.”
The Ex-co noted that Dr. Bandaranayake had visited the Bribery Commission as requested by the Commission on April 2 with her attorneys-at-law. She had been kept waiting for over half an hour and then told that no officer was present to record her statement and turned her away, directing her to return to the Commission,” on May 17, the resolution noted.
Lawyers said that when Dr. Bandaranayke visited the Commission at 9 am on Friday a responsible officer or the Director General were present at the Bribery Commission, and those present were unaware of any letter sent by the Commission asking Dr. Bandaranayake to visit the Commission on May 10.
Theyhad kept her and the lawyers waiting before her statement of objections was accepted by members of the Commission, but were not prepared to record oral submissiond.
In a letter written to the Director General of the Bribery Commission Dr. Bandaranayake pointed out that the Chairman of the Bribery Commission has violated the law of confidentiality by giving various statements to the press regarding the Immigration and Emigration Department ban on her visiting foreign countries.
She wrote that there were no such preparations to go abroad and noted that last time she went abroad was in 2006. In her objections, she said that neither the Chairman nor a member of the Commissioner should participate in any inquiry against her. She also reiterated that she had duly declared all her bank accounts and assets, which forms the basis of the allegations against her.
She alleged that the Bribery Commission chairman made various false statements to the media in connection with the inquiry and has failed to “maintain the necessary standard of impartiality and independence required by the Chairman,” of the Bribery Commission.She had stated that the chairman was biased against due to his relationship with a former Chief Justice.
Dr. Bandaranayake had also pointed out that the other member of the Commission should not participate in her inquiry since she presided over a Supreme Court Bench that dismissed a fundamental rights application filed by the particular member.
This made his spouse to actively campaign supporting her impeachment, and she appeared on Government television criticising her,. Dr. Bandaranayake had stated.
Meanwhile the Matara Bar Council has passed a resolution not to welcome Chief Justice Mohan Peiris who is due to visit Matara on May 17. Earlier, the Bar Councils of Anuradhapura and Kandy decided not to welcome Chief Justice 44 when he visited Anuradhapura and Kandy.
At a special general meeting held on December 15 the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) passed a resolution the BASL would not welcome the newly appointed Chief Justice.