Nov 23, 2016

'Frame charges against Sandaruwan & Chandrasiri'

Mr. Hemantha Warnakulasuriya President’s Counsel today (23) tendered 14 separate incidents involving defamatory articles which appeared in 'Lankaenews' defaming the judges from the Apex Court to the junior most Magistrate castigating their character and calling them 'vini-soru' (judge-thieves).

He further stated that in addition to this news an attorney at law of the Supreme Court Mr. Chandrasiri Seneviratne is also guilty of high contempt of judicial institutions.

Attorney-at-law Madhura Vithanage who tendered the affidavits states inter-alia that he has observed there had been series of articles published or appeared in social media, Facebook named lankaenews in which the judges and the judicial institutions had been critically ridiculed, intimidated and at certain instances there had been scathing attacks commencing from magistrates to the Hon. Chief Justice.

He strongly believes that their lives and their rights could be secured only by an independent judiciary.

According to the information filed, by Mr. Madhura Vithanage stated that the following judges have been attacked viciously when they gave judgments or orders which does not please the editor Sandaruwan Senadheera.

(01)Chief Justice Hon. K. Sripavan & most judges of present Supreme Court

(02)Justice Eva Wanasundera

(03)Justice Buwenaka Aluvihare PC

(04)Justice Priyantha Jayawardena

(05)Justice A.M.D. Nawaz

(06)Justice Depali Wijesundera

(07)Justice Lalith Jayasooriya

(08)High Court Judge Sisira Ratnayaka

(09)Court Judge Sumudu Premachandra

(10)High Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardhena

(11)High Court Judge Damith Thotawatte

(12)High Court Judge Shiran Goonerathne

(13)High Court Judge Mohan Senenvirathne

(14)High Court Judge Anura Kumara

(15)Hon. Menaka Wijesundera

(16)At random Judges of the High Court

(17)Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya

(18)Magistrate Thilina Gamage

(19)Magistrate Ranga Wimalsena

(20)Magistrate Kavindra Nanayakkara

(21)Magistrate Kanishka Wijerathne

Mr. Madhura Vithanage has requested the judges of the Supreme Court to consider these individual applications and then frame charges against Sandaruwan Senadheera and Chandrasiri Senevirathne.

The related documents can be read from here.

Recently, minister Wijedasa Rajapaksha said that the lankaenews website and its editor are seriously damaging the independence of the judiciary that has been built with difficulty by the present regime.

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