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BASL voices concerns over resignation of Mullaitivu District Judge

Colombo (LNW): The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has raised concerns over the sudden resignation of Mullaitivu District Judge, T. Saravanarajah, and urged the government to probe the matter immediately.

In a statement, the BASL expressed suspicion that his decision to resign might have been influenced by external threats.

“The BASL is committed to upholding the rule of law and ensuring the safety and well-being of all members of the judiciary. We strongly believe in maintaining an environment where judges can discharge their duties without fear or intimidation,” the Association said.

Raising concerns on the gravity of the situation, the BASL urged the government to undertake an impartial and comprehensive inquiry into the alleged threats against Judge Saravanarajah.

Such threats, if validated, can compromise the judiciary’s independence and erode public confidence in the justice system, the BASL went on, adding that the sudden exit of Mr. Saravanarajah might cast doubts over the security of Sri Lanka’s judicial personnel.

“BASL vehemently condemns and discourages any type of threats and violence to members of the judiciary,” it added, reiterating that the protection of the judiciary is pivotal for upholding the rule of law and safeguarding the rights of the people.

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