''I was held here and taken to a place which has no roof and they assaulted 4 to 5 times. I shouted and said don’t hit me.
After that they uncovered my face. One Sir said that I was to be handcuffed this way.
They handcuffed not like that, but putting my hands to the back and handcuffed. After that shopping bag contained petrol was held here. I shouted. I felt difficult to breath for about five minutes and struggled.
After that I stood up. When I stood up shopping bag removed and threw aside. After that they assaulted me for 4 to 5 times.'' - Sujith
Court Judge Sarath de Abrew caused havoc in Bangalore airport when he
verbally abused his colleagues and even attacked one with a bottle of water,
while returning home after a judges’ conference.
Lankan newspaper Dailly Mirror reported the story without naming the judge
Sri Lankan Appeal Court Judge allegedly caused havoc in an Indian airport when
he verbally abused his colleagues and even attacked one with a bottle of water,
while returning home after a judges’ conference. The incident was reported to
the President, the Daily Mirror learns.
Creating a huge scene at
the Business Lounge of the Bangalore and shocking many foreign onlookers the
senior judge, had allegedly berated several judges in language that shocked the
foreign passengers who heard his profanity. The individual who went on scolding
his colleagues both in Sinhala and English for more than 10 minutes had later
hit one of them with a water bottle.
The Daily Mirror reliably
learns that the affected judge had made a complaint to the President Mahinda
Rajapaksa, the appointing authority of judges through the Chief Justice and
also to Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, Head of the Judiciary, and the other
Supreme Court judges. The newspaper also came to know that the complaint had
already reached the President.
The embarrassing incident
had taken place when a ten-judge squad comprising Appeal Court Judges from Sri
Lanka had participated at a conference held from April 17 to 24. On April 23
night, seven judges including the judge involved in the incident had been
dropped of by the organisers at the Bangalore Airport while three others had
taken different routes.
As soon as the bus
reached the airport, the suspected judge had outrun the others to pick up a
trolley but mistakenly left one of his bags behind. Being aware of the nature
and temperament of the judge, the others had not touched or taken out the bag.
Later, on realizing this he had gone off in verbally abusive parlance at the
other judges which ended up in the bottle-attack.
However, it is learnt
that none of the judges – including the victim of the bottle-attack – had retaliated
in any manner. Yet, considering the massive damage caused to the reputation of
the Sri Lankan judges and judiciary at an international public location, he had
brought the incident to the President’s notice – By Susitha