Leader of the National People’s Power Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayaka claims the supremacy of the law was challenged through matters transpired during a recent conference held by the Judicial Service Commission for magistrates.
Speaking in Parliament, MP Dissanayaka said the Judicial Service Commission or a Supreme Court Judge cannot interfere with the rights of judges of lower courts to reach decisions independently, in any manner.
He added decisions of judges cannot be influenced even by a phone call or through a letter.
MP Dissanayaka stressed such measures directly interfere with the independence of the judiciary.
The MP claimed the request made by the Judicial Service Commission to all magistrates to adhere with requests made by the Executive, challenges the independence of the entire judicial system.
He questioned the government’s stance on the matter.
In response, Minister of Justice Ali Sabry said the Judicial Service Commission is an independent institution established through the Constitution, and the government or the Justice Minister cannot interfere with decisions reached by the Commission.
The Justice Minister added the government has not intervened with the Commission in any manner.
He therefore requested for two weeks to be granted to inquire with the Commission regarding the matter.