CJ’s petition to be heard today

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The writ applications filed by Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, seeking to quash the findings of the Parliamentary Select Committee probe and restraining the Speaker from taking any further action with regard to the impeachment process against her, will be taken up for hearing at the Court of Appeal today.

After delivering the Supreme Court ruling on the interpretation of Article 107 (3) of the Constitution the three judge bench of the Court of Appeal declared that as per the determination of the highest court, the PSC findings were prima facie void and set the date for hearing submissions on the Chief Justice’s petition for today.

Notice was also issued to all 11 members of the PSC to appear before the court and the Attorney General has also been asked to make submissions when the case is taken up today.

The three judge bench hearing Bandaranayake’s petition is led by President of the Court of Appeal S. Skandarajah and Justices Anil Gooneratne and A.W.A. Salaam. Appearing on behalf of Chief Justice Bandaranayake is President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva and his team, instructed by Neelakandan and Neelakandan, lawyers for the Chief Justice.

Meanwhile the seven writ applications filed by Chandra Jayaratne and others relevant to which the Supreme Court provided its ruling, will be taken up again at the Court of Appeal on 15 January.