External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has been assigned the task of carrying out the campaign against the Chief Justice after the meeting convened at Temple Trees last Friday with the UPFA party leaders and the SLFP lawyers to decide on bringing a Doshabhiyoga against the Chief Justice had failed, sources from Temple Trees said.
Peiris at the time was in New York participating in the UN General Assembly. The President had telephoned him. “This is a problem created by you. It was you who recommended Shirani to me. You cannot ignore this situation now. It is your responsibility to sort this issue. You will have to start working on this as soon as you return to Sri Lanka,” an angry President had told Peiris.
Disgruntled and angry over the failure to receive the response anticipated by him from the UPFA party leaders and the SLFP lawyers on bringing a Doshabhiyoga against the Chief Justice, the President has now put the removal of the Chief Justice and the Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) at the top of his agenda. Sources said the President was also engaged in gathering views of visitors to Temple Trees about this issue.