A group of senior lawyers is going to complain to the registrar of the Supreme Court against Mohan Peiris, former attorney general and chief justice, that he had misused his offices to grant undue privileges to suspects in crime.
The main issue they are going to raise is Peiris’ having acquitted former minister Johnston Fernando of a charge of having conspired with the LTTE to kill ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Peiris had not filed a court case against Fernando, in disregard of confessions made by three suspects under clause 127 of the criminal procedure code and the audios gathered by the CID containing his voice.
That is deemed a gross violation of ethics, and an aiding of Fernando in a crime. A resumption of the investigation against the former minister should be preceded by an inquiry against Peiris.
Peiris showed his baseness when he met president Maithripala Sirisena after 08 January 2015 and requested to remain as the CJ with a promise to give any court ruling according to his wishes. He rejected the request.
President Sirisena will bear witness to that and the group of lawyers is ready to obtain a sworn affidavit from him.