Sri Lankan court summons speaker, lawmakers over chief justice's complaint over impeachment

Three Sri Lankan judges have summoned the parliament speaker and 11 lawmakers to appear before an appeals court in response to a complaint by the country's chief justice that a parliamentary committee unfairly convicted her of misconduct.

The court on Friday also asked Parliament not to take a vote on the guilty verdict, a step that could result in her being removed from office, until it hears the case filed by Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. The court said such a parliamentary vote could bring about chaos if the court decides to quash the verdict.

A committee of lawmakers earlier this month convicted Bandaranayake of having unexplained wealth and misuse of power. She has denied the charges and said she was not given a fair hearing.