John Amaratunga requests that document sent by SC be tabled in Parliament

John Amaratunga requests that document sent by SC be tabled in Parliament

John Amaratunga requests that document sent by SC be tabled in Parliament

Written by Bella Dalima

20 Nov, 2014 | 9:21 pm

Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga, called once again on Thursday, for the document sent by the Supreme Court to the President, regarding his ability to seek a third term of office, to be tabled in Parliament.

Chief Opposition Whip, MP John Amaratunga expressed these views:

[quote]He stood up in Parliament and announced the determination of the ten justices of the Supreme Court. He had a paper in his hand too. Why has it not been tabled in Parliament for us to see the reasoning behind the decision?[/quote]

Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva shared these views:

[quote]As per the constitution, there are instances where the President can seek an opinion from the Supreme Court. Accordingly, when His Excellency the President sought an opinion from the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court was bound to inform the President of their opinion, not to inform Parliament. We have no need of hiding that announcement. Therefore, I said what the decision was.[/quote]

MP John Amaratunga added:

[quote]We have a suspicion as to whether an opinion was provided at all. That is why I am asking.[/quote]

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva replied:

[quote]Some people have mental illnesses. As a former Health Minister I know this. Some people create suspicion about everything. Suspicions arise in their minds for no reason at all.[/quote]

MP John Amaratunga said:

[quote]The current Health Minister cannot be found today. We do not know what happened to him. I have a suspicion there too. I wonder whether the gazette announcement was delayed because of that or some other reason. Please bring us that piece of paper. Do not confine it to your file. Give it to the speaker. He too is waiting with anticipation to read it out to us. Honourable Speaker, I request once again, that if that paper is with your brother, please bring it to Parliament.[/quote]

Speaker, Chamal Rajapaksa said:

[quote]I do not meet my brother these days, so I have no means of asking him[/quote]

 

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