LankaNewsWeb reliably learns that President Mahinda Rajapaksha is determined to investigate former CJ Sarath Nanda Silva’s controversial judgements including the judgement related to alleged corruption in Helping Hambantota account.
Being a true champion of democracy, transparency and human rights, Mr. Rajapaksha has told his close confidantes that Sarath Nanda Silva not investigating the allegation by UNP MPs, including Kabir Hashim and Rajitha Senaratne, is a black mark on his presidency.
It is widely believed in political circles that former CJ Sarath Silva’s decision to warn the petitioner, Kabir Hashim, and throw the petition away without a proper hearing paved the way for Rajapaksha presidency.
Many also believe that the former CJ was promised the prime minister post by his former buddy, Mahinda Rajapaksha as a gesture of gratitude for the judgement.
But President Rajapaksha has told his confidantes that it was his secretary Lalith Weerathunga who in fact opened the account and transferred the international donations received for poor tsunami victims, despite strong objections from Mr. Rajapaksha.
The President is of the view that the public in Sri Lanka has a right to know the truth in Helping Hambantota saga. Therefore it is paramount that the parliament investigates the erroneous judgement, he has said.
The President has revealed this after a group of former judges who call themselves victims of former CJ Sarath Nanda Silva, recently met the President at Temple Trees and explained their plight under Sarath Silva’s tenure as CJ.
Our sources say that President Rajapaksha, himself a senior lawyer, was also of the opinion that Sarath Nanda Silva has made many other mistakes in his judgments during his ten years as CJ.
The President has observed that the judgements made after the cross overs by Rohitha Bogollagama, Keheliya Rambukwella and many other UNP MPs to the government were completely anti-constitutional, for example.
LNW understands that the President will order the Parliamentary Select Committee on former CJ to investigate all those matters including Helping Hambantota judgement.