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CJ requests legal fraternity to back him to take certain media organizations into task.

Colombo, March 30 -- Chief Justice Asoka N de Silva says before his retirement he will take necessary action against certain electronic media organizations, which criticizes the judiciary.

Speaking at the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) 37th Annual Convention in Colombo on Saturday, he requested the BASL and the legal fraternity to back him for that endeavor.

"To day the nation is geared for prosperity after three decades of war but development could be seen only if the rule of law prevailed in the country," Justice de Silva said at the Convention.

At the event the incumbent BASL President Shibly Aziz PC was re elected for the year 2011-2012 for second time and was inducted by the Solicitor General W.P.G Dep PC at the event.

Justice de Silva said that BASL plays a vital role to uphold democracy in the country and even the present Attorney-at- Laws swear when they take oaths to defend and uphold the constitution in the country.

He said one has to remember that the judiciary cannot function in isolation and it is duty is to uphold and strengthen democracy in the country. Therefore, nobody could criticize the judiciary as they please and will have to face severe consequences for such action soon, he said.

The Chief Justice said that "a handful of people in the profession resort to certain undue practices and it is unbecoming to paint the whole profession bad".

The standards at the Bar are deteriorating as revealed in letters receive by him. "Therefore, we have to be blamed as lawyers that not correcting them,' Chief Justice said.

Chief Justice de Silva said the Bar is not just a job bank to curb unemployment on the contrary; the Bar is the living conscience of the nation. Without the Bar, the constitution will be just an instrument devoid of power, devoid of meaning and indeed devoid of life.

"There is a famous quote that the Supreme Court is the custodian of the fundamental rights of the people. But, actually the fundamental keeper of the fundamental rights is the people who are sovereign. The Supreme Court provides the dynamism to the rights and makes them tangible and the connecting factor between the people and the Supreme Court is the Bar. It is the bar that has to set the wheels of justice in monition," he said.

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Publication:Asian Tribune (India)
Date:Mar 30, 2011
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