Four lawyers today made a complaint to the Chief Justice requesting to examine whether recommendations of Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe incidents of Political Victimization have insulted the Supreme Court.

Four attorneys Achala Seneviratne, Senaka Perera, Thambaih Jeyaratnarajah and Namal Rajapaksha made this complaint requesting Supreme Court to investigate and take necessary action if there is any contempt in the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.

The lawyers stated that according to the gazette notification issued regarding the appointment of this commission, it has no power to enforce or interfere with the decisions of the courts.

The lawyers stated that the said commission has recommended acquitting former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva from all charges filed against him.

The lawyers maintained that if an accused is dissatisfied with an order made by the court, he could personally request that the judgment be reconsidered by a larger panel of judges in the Supreme Court. They further said a third party cannot consider the decision of the Supreme Court in a criminal case.

The lawyers further added that the Supreme Court’s reputation, sovereignty and public confidence have been severely undermined in this matter.


On October 11, 2018, Supreme Court five-judge-bench headed by then Chief Justice Priyasath Dep unanimously decided to dismiss appeal petitions filed by former Defence Ministry Monitoring MP Duminda Silva and two others who challenged the judgment of Colombo High Court that found them guilty for conspiring to murder four persons including former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.


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