Sri Lankan President Impeached First Woman Chief Justice of the Country over Graft

Jan 14, 2013 17:04 IST

Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka, on 13 January 2013 removed the first woman chief justice of the country, Shirani Bandarnayake after endorsing her impeachment by the Parliament that caught her guilty on the corruption charges. It is worth noticing that Bandarnayake was fired despite widespread protests by the lawyers as well as others.

Bandarnayake, 54, was given the notice in which the President ordered her to move down from the post. This happened two days after the Parliament in Sri Lanka voted to put her on trial, widening the face-off between the government and the judiciary.

Impeaching Bandarnayake was initially declared unconstitutional by the courts. In the meanwhile, the finding by parliamentary committee which had found her guilty was cancelled.  The parliamentary committee had declared on 8 December 2012, that Bandarnayake was guilty of 3 charges out of 14. The impeachment proceedings were held against her, which were moved by ruling UPFA coalition legislators.

The three charges in which she was held guilty were those of financial impropriety which were based on non-declaration of the assets.

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