The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

Sri Lanka's top judge slams impeachment move, fights allegations


COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's chief justice has described herself a "fearless judge" and vowed to fight charges of financial and professional misconduct, according to a leaked response to her impeachment.

Shirani Bandaranayake, whose case has raised concerns that the government is trying to control the courts, told a parliamentary committee last week there was not an "iota of consideration of the facts" in the allegations.

"The charges are levied to damage the reputation of an independent and fearless judge," she said in a letter to the committee that was posted on Colombo Telegraph news website today.

A lawyer for Ms Bandaranayake, who declined to be identified, confirmed the report was authentic and added that the chief justice was determined to clear her name following the impeachment motion backed by 117 ruling party MPs.