Supreme Court Judge Nalin Perera was recently appointed as the new Chief Justice. It was as successor to former Chief Justice Priyasad Dep, with his retirement.
As of now, a special ceremony is being held at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo today (22) for the farewell of retiring Priyasad Dep and in welcoming the new Chief Justice Nalin Perera.
Reports say that politicians and many personnel from legal and judiciary sectors are present in the event.
Below is content extracted from the internet written in regard to Priyasad Dep who farewells to the position of Chief Justice……
I came across the name of the former Chief Justice who happened to have retired to be Priyasad Dep only last week. Long ago, at school, I was able to memorize many things about the country for the sake of quiz competitions I attended. But now there is no time. I recall the name of the judge who caused sexual assault to one of the convict’s wife at the Baddegama court to be Lenin Rathnayake. I remember Sarath Nanda Silva, for many things including the Hambantota Tsunami aid case. I recall of Shirani Bandaranayake, for the Ceylinco Sri Ram case and Ceylinco house project, from which her sister purchased a house. But no way did I hear the name Priyasad Dep anywhere.
A small piece of news was published in Lankadeepa Newspaper stating that the former Chief Justice has retired. Although at the blink of avoidance I did not see anything important to the news, for the last three lines had been posted highlighted, I oversaw.
The former Chief Justice, during his time of employment, had not possessed the duty free vehicle permit given to Government employees once in a few years. The former Chief Justice had not taken the piece of land from Colombo given to judges from Colombo. The per diems paid for officers for foreign tours with official purposes had been refunded to the Government.
At a panic I reached the top of the piece of news and read his name. I read the news article from top to bottom and bottom to top. His name is Priyasad Dep. It was the “prettiest” name amongst Chief Justices before him.
The Sectional Head of a Governmental office I previously worked was a guy always bragged about his abilities. No lunch time was ever missed without such a tale. Among many interesting tales from his side, I remember one in particular. Somewhere around the year 2000 he was given a training at the United States of America. He mentioned that on his way separate payments had been made for the winter clothes. According to him, he walked into a shopping mall at New York and bought a winter jacket, and a perfume.
“I returned the jacket the following day, the size wasn’t fitting. When they asked for the bill I said, the bill prices down the Perfume too, so I can’t give it. If you need the original bill, please issue me another copy”. Returning to Sri Lanka, he took the American bill issued for the winter jacket he did not buy and the company reimbursed him the money. Winding his adventure from America, he further taught us about a tactic useful for youngsters who visit America, China, England or Peshawar for trainings to claim back money for unpurchased winter jackets.
The advantage of staying the Government service of this country is either that “permit”, or the child’s school; or both. Selling that permit, you and I have the simplest desires--to buy a small car, to pay the advances to a land, or to settle credit cards. While we are capable of working overseas in making money which can be carried in a wheelbarrow, we are entangled by ourselves into the Government service. The contribution does not match whatsoever with the littlest salary being earned and a duty free of Thirty Thousand Dollars.
That noble, noble Minister, who stopped importing duty free vehicles for party members and ministers for the exercise of conserving the Rupee, had sold his duty free vehicle permit / the vehicle to some vehicle salesman. For best, he would have earned Five Million Rupees out of it. Neither any further can be earned out of it.
There was an infamous rumour that the Department Head of a Government office I previously worked has five residencies from Colombo. The number may have been splitting in between, but I know for a fact that the rumour is not completely false. Nevertheless, no matter how many movable-immovable properties are being possessed by us, if we are to be offered a piece of land from Colombo, neither you, me, Susanthika nor General refuses it. There is nothing left for the Government to possesses whether we refuse it or not.
I, who would cry over the 2 Millions worth permit, can ever be a Priyasad Dep. I am every day’s ordinary person, just like you. I learned from people who scammed winter jackets. But deep beneath I have a small innocent hope of having my child learning from a Priyasad Dep. These remarks are being made in doing so.
Priyasad Dep: A “Prettiest” Name.