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Witch hunt against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake continues

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Dr.Shirani Bandaranayake who is regarded as the De-jure Chief Justice of Sri Lanka despite being "removed" from Office by President Mahinda Rajapaksa after what seemed like a "witch trial" was conducted by seven Government parliamentarians of an eleven member Parliamentary select Committee is being kept under Strict surveillance by "Officially" sanctioned Police acting "Unofficially".

It is learnt that Police personnel assigned for her protection stationed in the vicinity of her residence at Lake Drive in Rajagiriya are behaving in an unacceptable and inappropriate manner under the guise of maintaining security.

The highly offensive activities of these Police personnel who seem to be acting on orders from the top amount to the Chief Justice being placed under intense scrutiny and monitoring.

Although former Attorney-General Mohan Peiris has been appointed as Chief Justice by President Rajapaksa the widely held view in Sri Lanka and abroad is that Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake remains the legitimate chief Justice of the Country despite being ousted from office.

She is regarded as the De-jure chief Justice.Mohan Peiris by virtue of being in occupation of office is seen as the De-facto Chief Justice.

Dr.Bandaranaike who voluntarily quit her official residence by the Wijerama �Bauddhaloka Rd Junction is now living at her private residence in Rajagiriya with husband Pradeepa Kariyawasam and son Shaveen.

Some Police personnel have been assigned for her protection who maintain a round the clock vigil at her residential premises.

The conduct of these personnel has raised serious doubts as to whether they are her "Protectors" or "Monitors".

In a blatantly controversial move these personnel take possession of all letters and parcels being delivered under the pretext of checking them for possible harmful contents.

By doing so the Police take note of all letters and parcels received by the Chief Justice. Copies of letters are made covertly.

The intention seems to be to keep tabs on whatever correspondence Dr.Bandaranayake receives.

All people calling on her or visiting her are also checked and identities noted. Some are questioned about their occupation,address and purpose of visit etc

In effect what is being done unofficially by officially sanctioned cops is the monitoring of Dr.Bandaranayake's mail and visitors.

All these activities are being done under the guise of protecting her and described as security measures.

It is also strongly suspected that electronic surveiilance has been mounted too. There is speculation within legal eagles that her phones are tapped and the house is bugged.

The authorities seem to be keen to find out who and who are in communication with Dr.Bandaranayake.

Although Dr.Bandaranayake "quit" her post gracefully in a dignified manner the Govt that "removed" her seems to be extremely insecure and suspicious about what she may do in the future.

Given the near universal condemnation of her removal the Rajapaksa regime is suspicious of potential actions by her that would undermine the President and Govt. Hence the intense surveillance!

The Govt is particularly concerned about Dr. Bandaranaike cooperating with powerful International forces and highlighting the grave injustice done to a chief justice by the Rajapaksa regime.

Dr.Bandaranayake however has evinced no desire to act in such a manner but the ruling Oligarchy remains paranoid on this count

The Govt is also continuing with its efforts to penalise Dr. Bandaranaike despite removing her from office.

The Department of Inland Revenue has raised a number of queries from her on monetary transactions mentioned during the impeachment resolution passed by Parliament. This is on the basis that she had not disclosed large amounts of money from certain transactions.

The Bribery Commissioners Dept has also sent the De-Jure Chief Justice "show cause" letters.

Dr.Bandaranayake has replied clearly to the queries but the "witch hunt" continues.

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