Judicial activities must be done in a fair & transparent – President Sirisena

Published: 12:43 GMT, Feb 16, 2017 |

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he was committed to establish a fair and transparent judicial system in the country and he never makes arbitrary decisions when it comes to appointments in the judiciary.

“My consistent policy is that judicial activities must be done in a fair & transparent manner,” the President said yesterday addressing the inaugural ceremony of the ‘National Law Conference 2017′ held at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo on Wednesday (Feb15).

He further said that the recent appointment of a High Court judge which led to controversy was done following a request made by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL).

The President said the appointment was made him after he received the approval of all key institutions in the legal field. He also stressed that he consistently stood by the principle that the judicial activities must be performed in a fair and transparent manner.

The President pointed out that he is, under no circumstances, ready to use the remaining executive powers remain with him in an arbitrary manner, as a person who worked very openly as well as a President who gave his executive powers to the Parliament and other independent institutions through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

He further said that he always makes decisions after discussing with the intellectuals and specialists in the relevant field.