Published On: Sun, Jan 13th, 2013

Sri Lankan parliament impeached Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake

The Sri Lankan parliament has voted to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake .The chamber, dominated by supporters of Sri Lanka’s president, voted to impeach her by 155 votes to 49. The government accuses her of corruption – an allegation she denies. Recent court rulings said the process was unconstitutional, and she may refuse to leave. The president must now decide whether to enforce the sacking.

Critics of the government say that the judge is being victimised and the independence of the judiciary is being challenged. The government denies this. Supporters of the government took to the streets and rallied outside her official residence to celebrate her sacking.

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