The President has decided to remove the Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC), former Magistrate, Manjula Thilekaratne, who recently issued a controversial statement about the challenges faced by the Commission, a senior government minister said.
The President during a discussion with three ministers and a few members from the judiciary on the 25th had said that he could pose a threat to the government’s existence.
A member from the judiciary had pointed out that it was the Chief Justice who had the power to appoint and remove the Secretary of the JSC according to the Constitution. It had been proposed that the JSC Secretary be removed from the Commission after promoting him as a High Court Judge. The member form the judiciary has said, “Kick him up and get rid of him.”
A legal expert when inquired said that the arbitrary removal of the JSC Secretary was a violation of the Constitution.