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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2739

Outgoing Sri Lankan Chief Justice calls for a Sri Lanka with one people

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 06 June, ( Sri Lanka's outgoing Chief Justice Sarath N.SilvaChief Justice Sarath N.SilvaChief Justice,Sarath N.Silva due to retire on Sunday(7) which marks his 65th birthday, today held his first and final press conference to bid goodbye to the media and called for the need to build a Sri Lanka with one people.

Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva has held the highest legal office for the past decade and delivered several landmark judgements. On Thursday he delivered his final judgement that shook the insurance sector in the country, on the privatisation of the country's oldest insurance corporation and declared the privatisation of 2002 as null and void, claiming it had been privatised contrary to tender procedures during the Ranil Wickremesinghe government. He directed that all shares sold to the private enterpreneur be vested back with the General Treasury.

The retiring Chief Justice said it was time that the people shed the belief of being called Sinhalese,Tamils, Muslims and others and urged need to be identified as Sri Lankans.

He noted that religion was there only to practice as a faith and it should not be a criteria for the identification of an individual."We should be recognized and identified as Sri Lankans to tell the world we are one people from one country", the Chief Justice observed.

The Chief Justice who was Sri Lanka's Attorney- General earlier was appointed as Chief Justice in 1999 by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

According to well informed sources, among the two contenders to succeed the retiring Chief Justice are Senior Supreme Court Judge, Asoka De Silva and Attorney General,Mohan Peiris.

- Asian Tribune -

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