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‘We must re-build image of Judiciary’

It is important to re-build the image of the Judiciary so as to strengthen public confidence in the institution, Minister Tilanga Sumathipala has said.

He was speaking to the media at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headquarters yesterday. Minister Sumathipala added that law and order should be protected as it is now affected by revelations of various matters that had taken place during the previous government.

“Everyone is duty bound to safeguard the rule of law,” he said.

Intellectuals and the political leadership should come forward to build the image of the Judiciary which had been hampered by the political involvements of the previous government. All these persons should rally round and promptly have discussions in this regard, he added.

Speaking on several issues in the field of cricket, Sumathipala said that the former Sports Minister was responsible for terminating the services of Sri Lankan Cricket Coach Chandika Haturusingha.

Asked whether the sacking of a coach who couldn’t obtain the intended outcome is illegal, he said that the Minister cannot take such a decision and that it should be taken by the Cricket Board. “Only the Cricket Board can make such a decision,” he said.

Minister Sumathipala added that his services had also been suspended by the former Minister illegally as he had the right to attend board meetings in the capacity of Immediate Past Chairman.

“I have already taken legal action against some of these injustices and further action will be taken in due course,” he added.

The Minister said that the previous government with the involvement of the former Sports Minister had taken all these measures to attack him politically. “I was removed from the Cricket Board without a proper investigation,” he said.

He said that the contract of Asanka Gurusinghe could not be renewed as a result of unnecessary interference of the former Sports Minister.

Minister Sumathipala further said that former State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake had levelled baseless allegations against him over the reclaiming of land that belonged to the Maha Sangha in Katugastota. Although Ramanayake had said that there was a monetary misappropriation amounting to Rs. 25 million behind this transaction, no such misappropriation had taken place, he said.

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