India’s former Chief Justice J.S. Varma, who sought to visit Sri Lanka as a member of an international fact finding mission on the impeachment process, had been denied visa by the Sri Lanka authorities, informed sources said yesterday.
Mr. Varma was to arrive in the country yesterday. According to informed sources, he has applied for tourist visa to arrive in the country. In the meantime, the Sri Lankan authorities have learnt that Mr. Varma wanted to visit Sri Lanka as a member of a panel appointed by the International Bar Association (IBA) to study the procedure adopted by the government of Sri Lanka to impeach former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, and to submit a report.
The IBA has been critical of the procedure followed in the impeachment process. Ms. Bandaranayake was impeached after the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that probed charges against her found her guilty of professional misconduct.
The government maintains that it followed the procedure outlined in the Constitution to dismiss her. However, the opposition argued that she was denied natural justice in the entire process.(Kelum Bandara)