Shirani Bandaranayake, the former Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, was reinstated on 28 January 2015 by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on a special cabinet approval.
With the reinstatement of Bandaranayake, the appointment of Mohan Peiris as Chief Justice of Sri Lanka by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was cancelled and termed as illegal appointment.
The appointment of Peiris was termed illegal because, according to President’s office, the Rajapaksa government had not followed the proper constitutional procedure. Peiris was appointed as successor of Bandaranayake.
Earlier, Bandarnayake, the 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, was impeached and removed by the Parliament of Sri Lanka during the regime of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 2013.
She was removed on the allegations of failure to disclose financial assets, abuse of power and disregarding the constitution. The charges were leveled against her after some of her legal rulings went against Rajpaksa’s government.
Constitutional Provision for Judiciary in Sri Lanka
Independence of Judiciary in Sri Lanka is mentioned Article 107 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka but the article also allows the Parliament to exercise considerable control over the judiciary.
According to Article 107(7) of Sri Lanka’s Constitution:
When: 28 January 2015