Chief Justice Mohan Peiris has decided to resign paving the way for impeached Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake to be reinstated.
The Government information department said that Mohan Peiris had decided to resign following talks held with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Several lawyers had recently staged a protest outside the Supreme Court in Colombo, demanding that Chief Justice Mohan Peiris resign.
The protest was organised by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), which had suggested that impeached Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike be reinstated as Chief Justice.
Bandaranaike was impeached by Parliament under the former Government but the new Government had said it would reinstate her.
The BASL had said last week that there was information to suggest Chief Justice Mohan Pieris was present at Temple Trees on the day of the Sri Lankan Presidential elections along with some others and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at a time when there were discussions between such persons with regard to a possible scenario where former President Mahinda Rajapaksha would attempt to remain in office despite losing the popular vote.
The BASL said that it is absolutely essential for the Chief Justice and members of the Judiciary to remain strictly separate and uninvolved in political and executive decisions.
BASL reiterated and emphasized that, a Member of the Judiciary should not even be present in a place where any such decisions are being discussed.