Feb 20, 2017

BASL election, a contest between Mahinda & Basil? Featured

The election of office-bearers of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka has now become a contest between two groups sponsored by the Rajapaksa brothers Mahinda and Basil.

U.R. de Silva is getting the support of Mahinda, while Basil backs the group led by Thangaraja.

Thangaraja has been close to Basil since the time the latter worked at the Mahaweli Ministry during the Gamini Dissanayake period and is his closest legal advisor.

He is also having the support of the four leading lawyers associations in Colombo.

Basil’s coordinating officer, lawyer Jayasinghe is leading the campaign on behalf of Thangaraja.

His rival de Silva has the backing of Gunaratne of the Colombo district court and the lawyers association of Galle.

Basil’s head of media Mahinda Pathirana is now leading a social media campaign against the BASL election.

Alagaratnam tries to remain as BASL president

Incumbent president Geoff Alagaratnam, who too supports Thangaraja, tries to remain in the position by getting Judicial Service Association officers to sabotage the election.

In his support, the Thangaraja group is on a campaign to boycott the election.

Pathirana asked the JSA to block the election by boycotting it.

In a statement yesterday, Mahinda called for determined steps to end politicization at the BASL.

He is directly involved in the contest after his brother moved to get Alagaratnam remain in the position.

A discussion was due to take place last night to hold the election through the Attorney General’s Department.

Former BASL chief Upul Jayasuriya, who was overseas for the entire duration of the election campaign, returned home from Australia yesterday and was met by a group at the airport.