What happened to presidential commissions on Katunayake murder, Rathupaswala – Anura Kumara

What happened to presidential commissions on Katunayake murder, Rathupaswala – Anura Kumara

Written by Staff Writer

19 Aug, 2014 | 9:40 pm

Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake charges that commissions appointed since 2005 have proved to be of no use.He made this statement in Parliament on Tuesday.

Chief Government Whip minister Dinesh Gunawardene responded to the allegation. Following is the debate between MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Minister Dinesh Gunawardene.

MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake:

They said since the act which is utilised to appoint commissions does not mention that the appointments need to be presented to Parliament, they did not do so. I would like to know whether there is a clause in the act which states that this does not need to be presented to Parliament.

Minister Dinesh Gunawardene:

The report is presented to the President who is the official in charge of making these appointments. There is no clause in the act which calls for this report to be presented to the Parliament.”

MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake:

“ The appointed commissions to look into the murder in Chilaw, the murder in Katunayake, the events that unfolded in Rathupaswala. A Presidential Commission is appointed whenever some sort of controversial situation occurs in the country. However, we have no right to know what the findings of these commissions are. Headlines are printed saying the President intervenes and appoints a three-man commission or a commission consisting of one person, or commissions consisting of retired persons or university lecturers. Honourable speaker, please present the reports of these commissions before Parliament, I would like to know why this isn’t being done.”

Minister Dinesh Gunawardene:

The Speaker and the House should take into consideration this request. He is asking for something to be tabled in parliament. If some action needs to be taken the the government is willing to discuss this. We are not obliged to table these reports .

 

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