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Judiciary must gain public trust and confidence - Minister Siripala

The independence of the Judiciary alone is not enough unless it gains public trust and confidence as an impartial institution, Justice, Human Rights and legal Reforms Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.

“But when you look at revelations made by certain audio tapes people tend to lose confidence in the Judiciary,” he said.

“We should correct this situation immediately through a Constitutional amendment,” he added.

He was speaking at a Jana Hamuwa held at Ambagasdowa in the Uva-Paranagama electorate on January 12.

Minister de Silva said this situation can be corrected only by establishing the independence of the Judiciary and the Police Department through a Constitutional amendment.

He said if this was to be accomplished, people should provide a two thirds majority in Parliament to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s government. Minister de Silva said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had opened a new chapter in the political culture of this country. The new political path enunciated by him had enabled him to gain immense public confidence.

He had not only provided security to the country but also safeguarded the ‘Trividratna’ in this country, by dispelling the dark clouds which hovered over the country.

He said the country could not march forward unless we instituted a correct and proper Constitution.

“Today several questions had arisen about Independent Commissions set up under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, when one looked at the performance of certain so called Independent Commissions, questions arose as to whether they had been set up according to the needs of certain politicians and NGOs,” the Minister said.

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