Feb 22, 2019

Action to be taken against MPs responsible for parliament brawls Featured

The committee appointed to probe the brawls that took place in Parliament on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of November 2018 has concluded that a total of 60 MPs had violated the Powers and Privileges Act of Parliament.

The committee, in its report, recommends that action should be taken against the MPs in question under article 77 of the standing orders of Parliament.

Under article 77 of the standing orders of Parliament, the MPs could be suspended from Parliamentary sitting for a period between 2-4 weeks.

The committee which was headed by Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri recommended that action to be taken against 55 UPFA members, 4 UNP members, and 1 JVP member.

The names of the MPs affiliated to United People's Freedom Alliance who stand accused are S.B. Dissanayake,Ananda Aluthgamage,Prasanna Ranaweera,Piyal Nishantha,Padma Udayashantha,Dilan Perera,Dinesh Gunawardene,Lohan Ratwatte,Jayantha Samaraweera, Rohitha Abeygunawardene,Thilanga Sumathipala,Johnston Fernando,Dilum Amunugama, Indika Anuruddha,Sisira Jayakody,Kanchana Wijeysekara,Priyankara Jayaratne,Susantha Punchinilame,Pavithra Wanniarachchi,Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Ranjith Zoysa, S.M.Chandrasena,D.V.Chanaka,Arundika Fernando,Dullas Allahaperuma, Wimalaweera Dissanayake,Shehan Semasinghe,Thenuka Widanagamage, Anuradha Jayaratne,Sarathi Dushmantha,Sanath Nishantha,Kanaka Herath,Udaya Gammanpila, Tharanath basnayake,Wimal Weerawansa,Nimal Lanza,Sudarshini Fernandopulle,Janaka bandara Tennakoon,Ramesh Pathirana,Vijitha Berugoda,Mohan de Silva,Roshan Ranasinghe, Nishantha Muthuhettigama,Premalal Jayasekara,Dulip Wijeysekara,Wasudeva Nanayakkara, C.B.Rathnayake, T.B.Ekanayake, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene,Tharaka Balasooriya,Lakshman Wasantha Perera,Janaka Wakkumbura,Bandula Gunawardene,S.Premaratne and Salinda Dissanayake

Palitha Theweraperuma,Ranjan Ramanayake,Chandima Gamage and Thushara Indunil from United National Party (UNP) and Vijitha Herath from People's Liberation Front (JVP) are also among the accused.

Chamal avoids committee

According to the report an object similar to a knife has been in possession of Palitha Theweraperuma while Ranjan Ramanayake has taken an object similar to a knife out of his pocket.

The committee also recommends that the CID’s independent investigation should continue and that judicial action should be taken once the CID complete’s its investigation and hands over the report to the Attorney Generals Department.

The Committee that probed the brawls in Parliament consisted of Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri, Chamal Rajapaksa, Ranjith Maddumabandara, Mavai Senadiraja, Chandrasiri Gajadeera and Bimal Rathnayake.

Reportedly, Chamal Rajapaksa has not attend the sessions of the committee.

 

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