Attorney General launches four books
Attorney General Palitha Fernando presents the set of books to
Prof. Carlo Fonseka. Pic: Sudath Nishantha
Four books written by Attorney General, Palitha Fernando PC were
launched recently at the Sri Lanka Asia Foundation in the presence of a
large gathering including several senior and junior judicial officers.
Prof. Carlo Fonseka, the chief guest at the ceremony, said "I am a
sucker for sob stories and several of Palitha's stories brought tears to
my eyes. I doubt whether even the most hard nosed criminal lawyer could
read all of these short stories without shedding a tear."
"What explains the emotional power of Palitha's short stories, I
believe is that the secret is that his characters are all drawn from
people with whom he had interacted. Most authors have had originals for
the fictitious characters they have created more. For example it is
well-known that Charles Dickens portrayed his father in Mr. Micawber,
the habitual optimist. Turgenev said that he could not create a
character without a living person in mind. It is true that there are
writers who deny that there are real persons who serve models for their
characters. In thinking so they are probably deceiving themselves" Prof.
The books were titled "Selected Essays on Criminal Law of Sri Lanka
and Attorney General's reply not received yet". The book launching
ceremony was organised by the President of the Colombo Law Society, Amal
Former Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, former Attorney General Sunil
Silva, Education Deputy Minister Mohan Lal Grero, ANCL, Chairman Bandula
Padmakumara and BASL President Upul Jayasuriya also participated.