Sri Lanka: Mr. President, On That Judge!

( March 16, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) “I need not point out how the decision to dismiss him from the office of a Judge of the High Court will boomerang on your office as the President of the country which is described as having a National Government or Good Governance”, V.Anandasangaree, Secretary General – TULF said in an open letter to the President Maithripala Sirisena.
Full text of the letter produced below;

Protest against the proposal to dismiss a person appointed and assumed office as a Judge of the High Court of Sri Lanka

I am perturbed over your decision to dismiss a respectable gentleman and a leading lawyer of the Batticaloa bar from the office of a Judge of the High Court of Sri Lanka, to which he was appointed recently and had already assumed office. The word dismissal will mean in this case that the person concerned is sent away dishonorably from service or office, when he is acknowledged as an honorable gentleman.

I do not know at what point the error occurred but it is very clear that the recommendation had come through the proper channel and reached you to make the appointment. I am not trying to find fault with anybody but I am only concerned about the reputation that had become questionable for no fault of the person concerned.

I need not point out how the decision to dismiss him from the office of a Judge of the High Court will boomerang on your office as the President of the country which is described as having a National Government or Good Governance.

Without going further into the matter, may I plead with you Your Excellency to persuade the person concerned to relinquish his office as High Court Judge and to appoint him to a position which may come close to the office that he is made to quit, either within the judiciary or any other reputed office acceptable to him.

Extremely sorry if I had caused you any embarrassment. I had intervened with a noble purpose.

Author: Sri Lanka Guardian

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