Privilege issue on summons to COPE members by court raised in Parliament

Privilege issue on summons to COPE members by court raised in Parliament

Privilege issue on summons to COPE members by court raised in Parliament

Written by Tharushan Fernando

27 Jan, 2017 | 8:04 pm

MP Bimal Ratnayake raised a privilege issue in parliament on summons issued to COPE members by Court.

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JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratyanake alleges that MPs being informed to appear in court with regard to the petition filed with the Supreme Court over the COPE report on the Treasury Bond Scam is a breach of Parliamentary privileges.

“… In a case filed with the Supreme Court relating to MPs who took part in COPE regarding the Bond Issue, we have been made the accused. We recieved the copies yesterday.There is a matter relating to the conscience …” he said

Ajith P. Perera pointed out that as an MP , Bimal Ratnayake can raise a privilege question in Parliament, however he is not speaking on the behalf of COPE

“… As an MP , Bimal Ratnayake can raise a privilege question in Parliament. But he is not speaking on behalf of us. He cannot speak on behalf of COPE. If he is speaking on behalf of COPE , MP Handunnetti must consult us first and then speak …” he said

According to MP Ratnayake, if the courts can have an influence on Parliament with regard to Parliamentary matters it is a violation of privileges.

“We are not afraid to appear for any case. This is an attempt to protect the rouges through the violation of pariamentary privileges …” he said

UPFA MP,Vasudeva Nanayakkara questioned as to whether an MP should comply when the Supreme Court issues a summon naming an MP who committed a task as a respondent: or can they be made respondents according to accepted view in the country that the Supreme Court cannot inquire or decide on the right in Parliament under Parliamentary Rights and Privileges ?

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