The Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Friday unanimously adopted a resolution stating that former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake had been “subjected to absolutely unnecessary harassment and humiliation” at the office of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and corruption.
The resolution stated that on April 1 the former Chief Justice was directed to appear before the Commission on May 17 to record her statement and raise her objections, if any, on the constitution of the Commission.
She was then requested to attend the Commission at 10 am on May 10 by letter hand delivered to her residence on May 2 despite the original intimation of the May 17 date.
Dr. Bandaranayake and her lawyers had appeared on Friday at the specified time but had been kept waiting for over half an hour and then told that there was no officer present to record her statement. She was turned away and directed to return on May 17.
“The Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka considers that her ladyship, Dr. Mrs. Shirani Bandaranayake, has been subjected to absolutely unnecessary harassment and humiliation which the Executive Committee deplores,” the resolution said.
While condemning such arbitrary action unreservedly, the Committee urged that the harassment and humiliation of the former CJ is stopped forthwith in the name of democracy, justice and fair play as guaranteed in the Constitution of the Republic of Sri Lanka.