Govt. will not interfere with the independence of Judiciary- President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday said that his Government has no intention to interfere with judiciary or its independence. He further said that the government has ensured all professions be it judiciary or journalism to act without any let or hindrance.

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Rajapaksa made this observation when he addressed the senior journalists, artistes and the writers at Temple Trees after officiating at the distribution of free laptops and interest free vehicle loan to them. This was organized by the ministry of Mass Media and Information.

Ministers Keheliya Rambukwella, Anurapriyadharshana Yapa and the Secretary to Ministry of Mass Media and Information Dr Charitha Herath also participated on the occasion

President referring to the  present initiatives by a  group of parliamentarians to impeach the Chief Justice said that when there is a complaint made against the judiciary it is the duty of the legislature as set out in the Constitution to inquire into such a complain. The check and balance of each and every organ of the state has been clearly set out in the constitution
“It is well within the Constitution and it does not amount to interference with the judiciary or its independence” declared the President.

He also said that he when he called the members of the Judicial Service Commission for a pre budgetary discussion attempts were made to interpret on negative aspects.

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Members of Judiciary had made numerous requests for various kinds of facilities. “Some wanted Benz cars and certain others insisted on Jaguars.  But, on the contrary we considered the training will be best option to empower them with authority, that is why we called them for a discussion,” he quipped. Commenting o n the loan scheme initiated by him for senior journalists the President requested the chairmen of the state banks, to go to the doorstep of the senior journalists and to provide their needs instead of requiring them to visit the banks repeatedly. The government awarded these facilities to journalists and the artistes not to provide them the facilities but as fulfilling its duty  towards them.

Source: http://www.ft.lk/article/118062/Govt–will-not-interfere-with-the-independence-of-Judiciary–President-