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CC didn’t approve President’s nominee to SC as CJ rejected it: Lakshman Kiriella

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Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament on Thursday that the Constitutional Council did not approve the President’s nominee Justice Deepali Wijesundera as a Supreme Court Judge because the Chief Justice rejected it.

Kiriella was speaking during the Adjournment Debate moved by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) regarding the conduct of the CC.

During his speech, Kiriella said:

Let me give reasons behind the appointments of CJ Nalin Perera and IGP Pujith Jayasundara. Now the UPFA criticises these appointments. Let me reveal the reasons behind each appointment. When an IGP had to be appointed, President Maithripala Sirisena sent three names to the CC. Pujith Jayasindara, Wickremasinghe and Wickramarathne. He told the CC to select one of them. So the CC held a vote among its 10 members. Jayasundara got five votes and Wickremesinge received only one vote. The President also sent three names for the AG’s post. They were Suhada Gamlath, Jayantha Jayasuriya and Kapila Waidyarathne. Then the CC told the President to send his preference for the post, and he sent only one name and that was Jayantha Jayasuriya.

When it comes to Justice Deepali Wijesundera, it was again the President who appointed Justice Preethi Padman Surasena as the President of the Court of Appeal in January 2018. Surasena was four ranks behind Wijesundera, but he was the preference of the President for the post.

According to the 19th Amendement to the Constitution, the CJ’s approval should be sought to appoint Supreme Court Judges. The President had nominated Justice Wijesundera’s name as SC Judge. But the CJ rejected that. So the CC could not approve her name.”

 

 

 

 

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