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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

Justice M. Ilanchezhiyan’s judgments are always guided by his conscience

By V.Anandasangaree - TULF Secretary General

The Tamil United Liberation Front, very strongly condemns the attempted assassination of the High Court Judge, Justice. M. Ilanchezhiyan and also expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of Police Sub Inspector Ranawattege Herath Premachandra, in deep sorrow and prays for the early recovery of the Police officer who got injured in the shooting incident.

We are not aware whether this incident was premeditated or accidental, but the fact remains that shots were fired at random, some of which were also aimed at the Judge.

What is appreciable in this incident is the gesture displayed by the two Sinhala Police officers, both of whom knowing very well what was in store for them, promptly got down from the vehicle, to give protection to a Tamil Judge.

In an incident of this nature an average person would have got panicked and disappeared from the scene to protect him, but here is a man who had the courage to wait on the spot, facing grave risk, to take the two injured security officers to the hospital.

What happened to the two officers is certainly beyond the control of the Judge, but what is admirable is the conduct of the judge.

Although the incident took place quiet unexpectedly and for no fault of his, like a child, he wept repeatedly saying that the officer had sacrificed his life to save him.

Furthermore the way he expressed his sympathy to the grieving wife of the deceased officer, when she arrived to see her husband’s body, shocked everyone.

The rare gesture displayed by him, putting aside, his prestige, earned the admiration of several millions of Sri Lankans, irrespective of their ethnicity.

Justice M. Ilanchezhiyan had proved that he is not only a fair Judge but also his Judgments are always fair.

In fairness to him I should say that credit should go to him for averting any possible unpleasant incidents, about which I should not say anything, but in spite of this tragic situation he had not left any room for any loose talks, but only for admiration of the people for the manner he conducted himself.

He deserves commendation for bringing all ethnic groups much closer than they were before. The demonstrations and protest by the Judges, Lawyers, University Students and the Tamil public although for different purposes, very clearly show the world that although we belong to different ethnic groups, we are all one and will not tolerate injustice to one another.

- Asian Tribune -

An emotional Jaffna High Court Judge M. Ilanchezhiyan was seen bowing to the wife of the killed Police Sergeant  (Sub Inspector of Police) following the postmortem in Jaffna
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