Committee reccomends actions against 60 MPs responsible for Parliament brawls

Committee reccomends actions against 60 MPs responsible for Parliament brawls

Written by Staff Writer

22 Feb, 2019 | 6:48 pm

Colombo (News1st) – 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 60MPs 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 be taken against 55 UPFA members, 4 UNP members, and 1 JVP member. 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.

During the debate which followed after the report was tabled in Parliament, members of the Opposition stated that it was not appropriate for members of the Police to conduct such an investigation into the matter as the issue was concerning the privileges of Parliament. Member of the Government opposed these statements, Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella noted that the law of the land supersedes all Parliamentary privileges and questioned if MPs could claim parliamentary privileges and obstruct investigations into a murder, if it took place in Parliament.

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. Chamal Rajapaksa did not attend the sessions of the committee.

The names of the MPs who stand accused are as follows …

UPFA

  1. S.B. Dissanayake
  2. Ananda Aluthgamage
  3. Prasanna Ranaweera
  4. Piyal Nishantha
  5. Padma Udayashantha
  6. Dilan Perera
  7. Dinesh Gunawardene
  8. Lohan Ratwatte
  9. Jayantha Samaraweera
  10. Rohitha Abeygunawardene
  11. Thilanga Sumathipala
  12. Johnston Fernando
  13. Dilum Amunugama
  14. Indika Anuruddha
  15. Sisira Jayakody
  16. Kanchana Wijeysekara
  17. Priyankara Jayaratne
  18. Susantha Punchinilame
  19. Pavithra Wanniarachchi
  20. Mahindananda Aluthgamage
  21. Ranjith Zoysa
  22. S.M.Chandrasena
  23. D.V.Chanaka
  24. Arundika Fernando
  25. Dullas Allahaperuma
  26. Wimalaweera Dissanayake
  27. Shehan Semasinghe
  28. Thenuka Widanagamage
  29. Anuradha Jayaratne
  30. Sarathi Dushmantha
  31. Sanath Nishantha
  32. Kanaka Herath
  33. Udaya Gammanpila
  34. Tharanath basnayake
  35. Wimal Weerawansa
  36. Nimal Lanza
  37. Sudarshini Fernandopulle
  38. Janaka bandara Tennakoon
  39. Ramesh Pathirana
  40. Vijitha Berugoda
  41. Mohan de Silva
  42. Roshan Ranasinghe
  43. Nishantha Muthuhettigama
  44. Premalal Jayasekara
  45. Dulip Wijeysekara
  46. Wasudeva Nanayakkara
  47. C.B.Rathnayake
  48. T.B.Ekanayake
  49. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene
  50. Tharaka Balasooriya
  51. Lakshman Wasantha Perera
  52. Janaka Wakkumbura
  53. Bandula Gunawardene
  54. S.Premaratne
  55. Salinda Dissanayake

UNP

  1. Palitha Theweraperuma
  2. Ranjan Ramanayake
  3. Chandima Gamage
  4. Thushara Indunil

JVP

  1. Vijitha Herath

 

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