Tamil Diplomat

Shirani reappointed as the Chief Justice

As a temporary move, the new Sri Lankan government has reinstated the chief justice whose impeachment two years ago was condemned internationally as an arbitrary political move, the Sri Lanka bar association leader said today.

The government recognized Shirani Bandaranayke as the legitimate chief justice because her sacking by the previous government was deemed illegal but she will resign after being given an honorable farewell, bar association President Upul Jayasuriya said.

Bandaranayake will retire after attending a farewell ceremony on Thursday. Neither Bandaranayake nor the government explained why she is quitting in a day, which allows the government to appoint a new chief justice.