The Supreme Court (SC) is now possessed with several cases where the
Court is constitutionally bound to interpret the constitution and to
determine the constitutionality of the Standing Order 78A, that deals
with the impeachment procedure. The Supreme Court has made a
recommendation that the Select Committee of Parliament (PSC) should
not proceed with the impeachment inquiry until the SC examines the
validity of the questionable Standing Order on which the impeachment
inquiry is being based.

We view the Recommendation given by the Supreme Court as a great
opportunity for all parties to restore mutual respect and rule of law
and to avert a constitutional crisis in the country. We are dismayed
that the PSC has, by majority, rejected the recommendation of the
Supreme Court and to proceed with the inquiry, with scant disregard to
the constitutional traditions.

There is no legitimate basis to expedite this inquiry ignoring the
Supreme Court recommendation. The manner in which the inquiry is being
conducted has converted the inquiry against the Chief Justice into a
trial on the parliament itself.

In the mean time the Chief Justice and the judiciary are subjected to
all possible humiliation to an unprecedented level. We note with
regret the level of media attacks in State media and the circulation
of mudslinging booklets/posters obviously, instigated by the
Government, to discredit the Chief Justice and the judiciary.

In a democracy, public expect all the institutions including the
parliamentarians to respect the recommendations and orders of the
highest Court of the country. Unless the public, lawyers and judges
come forward to the protect the judiciary, our future generations will
be left with a lawless state. We call upon the Parliament and the
Executive to display maturity when dealing with the impeachment, and
not to proceed with the impeachment until the Supreme Court exercise
its constitutional duty in the relevant interpretation.

Singed On behalf of Lawyers for Democracy

Lal Wijenayaka, Chandrapala Kumarage, E. Viwekanandan , K.S.
Ratnavale, J.C. Weliamuna, Sudath Netthisinghe ,Sudarshana
Gunawardana, Lakshan Dias , Sunil Jayaratne, Harin Gomas, S.G.
Punchihewa

Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) is a representative body of legal
practitioners throughout the island. Conveners include Lal Wijenayaka,
Chandrapala Kumarage, E. Viwekanandan , K.S. Ratnavale, J.C.
Weliamuna, Sudath Netthisinghe ,Sudarshana Gunawardana, Lakshan Dias ,
Sunil Jayaratne, Harin Gomas, S.G. Punchihewa.

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