Except for a broad smile and a thank you, she remained tight lipped.
Returning to her official bungalow, right opposite the British High Commission at Bauddhaloka Mawatha-Wijerama Road intersection, the family broke rest till late into the night.
Perhaps inadvertently, the website also left out the name of Justice Eva Wanasundera from the list of Supreme Court Judges when it hurriedly included the name of Peiris to head the list.
So plans were in place to stop the older office holder and allow the newcomer.
Armed police personnel stood guard at the entry and exit points to the Chief Justice’s office.
A detailed statement on her behalf was to be released by her lawyers later that day. Bandaranayake received reports that she would not be allowed into the courts complex.
Armed men were already in place with orders to use force if necessary to prevent her, she was told.
This is in addition to a posse of plainclothesmen that included those from state intelligence agencies being deployed in the two venues.