Rajapaksa ratifies impeachment, sacks first woman Chief Justice

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunday sacked the country's first woman Chief Justice by ratifying her controversial impeachment by Parliament on corruption charges despite protests at home and global calls for restraint, pushing the nation into the brink of a major Constitutional stand-off.

Shirani Bandaranayake was served a notice ordering her to quit her post, two days after the Parliament overwhelmingly voted to impeach her deepening the row between the judiciary and the Sri Lankan government.

Presidential aide Wijayananda Herath said the letter signed by Rajapaksa was delivered to the Chief Justice's residence. Bandaranayake's lawyers confirmed the receipt of the letter informing her of her removal from the post.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.