The High Court Judges’ Association (HCJA) says that they are scheduled to meet Chief Justice K. Sripavan on October 10 to address various matters including the alleged wiretapping of a Judge’s phone.
It is reported that High Court Judge Shiran Gunaratne had complained to the HCJA regarding the phone-tapping issue as well as another case involving the alleged hacking into of his electronic mail.
Gunaratne was the Chairperson of the three-member bench which convicted former MP Duminda Silva of the murder of former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, in a 2-1 divided verdict. Gunaratne in a dissenting opinion called for Silva’s acquittal. Gunaratne has since become the target of character assassination. Certain sections of the media, especially online media are responsible for this, it is alleged.
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of the HCJA, High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi said that while judgments could be criticized from a legal standpoint, criticizing such decisions without any ground and on mere assertions could not be allowed.
“With the developments in information technology, judges and judgments are being criticized. Legally, judgments can be criticized. For example, questions regarding why a certain piece of evidence was allowed or was not allowed, can be raised. Yet, nobody can criticize without any basis,” he said.
Secretary of the Judicial Service Commission, S.M.W.P. Jayatilleke was not available for a comment. RLJ