Silva made these remarks during an interview with Newsfirst last night. He said President Rajapaksa implemented the 18th amendment upon being elected for a second term due to faulty legal advise that kept him in the dark concerning the constitutional barriers.
Ex-Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva says he was waiting for the opportune moment to reveal PresidentRajapaksa‘s disqualification to contest for a third term as exposing it prematurely would have enabled the President to bypass the legal conundrum.
“Rajapaksa is craftier than I thought he would be – he was lying in wait patiently until he was elected for a second term. So I did not wish to raise the issue then but brought it up now when he the necessity has arisen,” Silva said.
Silva announced a few weeks ago that President Rajapaksa became constitutionally disqualified for a third term on the very day he was elected for a second term. He has noted that he would take legal action personally if President Rajapaksa wishes to seek a re-election for a third term.
This fact has been confirmed by an Australian legal expert Suri Rathnapala who was consulted by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka on the matter.