Bar to go on strike for two days as protest

Thursday, 10 January 2013 00:15 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) in a statement said yesterday it strongly, unequivocally and with no reservations whatsoever condemned the decision to take up for debate the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dr. Shirani A.  Bandaranayake based on the findings of the Parliamentary Select Committee which was quashed by the Court of Appeal  and determined to be unlawful by the Supreme Court.

The BASL has decided to call for all its members (in 78 Branch Associations) to refrain from attending to any professional duty in protest on 10 and 11 January 2013 to express its deplorable condemnation.

The BASL also urged the President, Speaker and the leaders of all political parties representing Parliament to honour and respect the determination of the Supreme Court which in terms of the Constitution of the country is vested with the sole and the exclusive jurisdiction as regards to constitutional interpretation and determinations.

“The Bar Association of Sri Lanka is seriously concerned about the negative and eroding impact that any action of the Legislative and Executive organs of the Government to disrespect and dishonour such determination would have on the rule of law in this country,” the statement added.