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Top Lanka judge wants verdict annulled

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s chief justice has asked an appeals court to quash a Parliamentary committee report that found her guilty of unexplained wealth and misuse of power. She says she was not given a fair hearing and the committee itself was unconstitutional.
Lawyers for Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake also asked the court yesterday to bar the Parliament speaker from announcing a debate and a vote on the report.
The Parliamentary committee this month found Bandaranayake guilty of three charges and declared her unfit for office. Parliament will vote on the report when it reconvenes early next year. The result goes to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who can dismiss or retain Bandaranayake.