President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), President’s Counsel Geoffrey Alagaratnam last week noted the there was a possibility that the most senior person within the Attorney General’s Department may have been overlooked in the appointment of the AG.
He, however, said that President Maithripala Sirisena had exercised his discretion in the recent appointment of the Attorney General.
“It may, however be that the most senior person within the Attorney General’s Department may have been overlooked,” he outlined.
He further noted that the Executive and those responsible should plan ahead to fill vacancies that arise in the Supreme Court and the position of the Attorney General.
It has been over a month now and yet the vacancy in the Supreme Court that arose due to the retirement of Justice Sarath De Abrew who faced various allegations has yet to be filled, President of the BASL, President’s Counsel Geoffrey Alagaratnam noted.
The Supreme Court is overloaded with work and delays in appointments to vacancies affect the work and delays the administration of justice, he explained.
The BASL also raised concerns with the non-arrest of suspects in the recent incidents in Embilipitiya and Homagama.
“The BASL’s position was that seniority should be considered in the appointment of the Attorney General unless of course there was good reason not to and that it would be best to appoint from within the Attorney General’s Department. The latter has been adhered to by the President. Since the arising of vacancies are known of beforehand and some time in prior, it would be good if those who are to fill the vacancies are identified beforehand, as what happens instead is that there is the resorting to of last minute guessing and lobbying,” Alagaratnam emphasized.