JVP rises in defence of judges, accuses Justice Minister of settling scores

By Saman Indrajith

The JVP/NPP yesterday accused Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapakshe of undermining the independence of the judiciary to settle personal scores with judges who give orders, rulings and judgments against his wishes.

MP Vijitha Herath said that Parliament time had been misused by Minister Rajapakshe to criticise the judges and judicial service workers who refused to toe the Minister’s line.

Reading out a letter from the Judicial Service Commission to the Speaker on some issues raised by the Justice Minister in Parliament on June 19, Herath said that the letter had countered all allegations levelledby the Minister.

The letter tabled by the Speaker, has been signed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Justices Vijith K Malalgoda and E.A.G.R. Amaraekera on behalf of the JSC.

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