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The impeachment case against the Chief Justice is getting more and more farcical. Above you can see that three-wheeler drivers have been protesting for the government. They are using the same smears that anyone who opposes the government gets – that they’re corrupt, that they work with NGOs, etc. In fact, the only charge is going against the king (Mahinda) and the only point these drivers are making is that they’re loyal. Which is fine, if this were 982, but it’s 2012 and it’s really quite silly.
As the CJ’s lawyers said in her initial response, there are actually no charges in law here. It’s honestly a pada show, and it’s shameless when people like the Island’s political columnist say stuff like this:
We have reached a situation where the Chief Justice of the country refuses to acknowledge that there is a conflict of interest in her continuing to remain the Chief Justice and the ex-officio Chairperson of the Judicial Services Commission while her husband remains a suspect in a case before a magistrate’s court. ()The Island)
While I agree that the CJ’s husband is dodgy, that A) isn’t her and B) has to have some legal connection to justify impeaching a Supreme Court Justice. The precedent the Island columnist seems to want to set is that you can impeach anyone whose spouse appears before a magistrate’s court. Which is the lowest level of courts. So, if an official’s husband is arrested for like, public urination and summoned to the Kesbewa magistrate’s court, that official should be impeached. I mean, really? Even if there is a point to be made about dodgy spousal dealings, this isn’t it.
300 judges also made a statement regarding the farcitude of the whole thing. This is referring to the process whereby toady MPS decide to impeach the CJ (many without even reading the charges) and then appoint themselves to sit on the panel judging her.
“Conducting an inquiry by the parties who brought the impeachment allegations is a blatant violation of the natural justice. We reiterate that nowhere in the world those who make allegations will hear their own case,” the statement added. (Reuters)
The thing is that offending the King is a de facto crime here so they may end up getting away with this impeachment. The way they’ve handled it, however, is so clumsy and dumb that it’s the government and the king that end up looking bad. Like Ceynor Seafood Restaurant.