The Straits Times
Published on Nov 30, 2012

Sri Lanka taxi drivers support removal of top judge


COLOMBO (AFP) - Hundreds of rickshaw drivers choked the capital demanding the sacking of Sri Lanka's chief justice in a protest organised by a pro-government group on Friday as the supreme court debated the legality of moves to impeach her.

Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has been accused by the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance party of financial and professional misconduct in a case which has raised fears that the government is trying to control the courts.

The demonstration, organised by the pro-government Three-Wheel Taxi Drivers' association, is the biggest public display of opposition to Ms Bandaranayake, 54, the first woman in the country to hold the office.

The ubiquitous three-wheel taxis gathered en masse at the Town Council square in Colombo and drove towards the Superior Courts Complex causing more traffic jams along the narrow streets of the congested capital.