Justice Minister loses cool following ‘tie-coat’ comment in Parliament

Justice Minister loses cool following ‘tie-coat’ comment in Parliament

Justice Minister loses cool following ‘tie-coat’ comment in Parliament

Written by Zulfick Farzan

25 Sep, 2020 | 7:33 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Justice Minister Ali Sabry and MP Chaminda Wijesiri exchanged words at today’s parliamentary session following comment on the Justice Minister’s attire.

The MP posing a question to the Justice Minister urged for the names and addresses of the lawyers who represented Dr. Mohamed Safi Shabdeen of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital who was alleged to have performed sterilization surgeries.

The Justice Minister made it clear, the Ministry is not in a position to disclose the names of the counsel appearing in almost 795,000 legal cases filed across Sri Lanka and recommended the MP make the due payment and obtain certified copies from the court.

“The Justice Ministry does not get involved with matters in court, unlike the former government,” said Ali Sabry.

The Samagi Jana Balavegaya MP question whether necessary measures were taken by the current government against Dr. Shafi and made a reference to the Justice Minister’s attire.

Angered by the comment, the Justice Minister accused Wijayasiri of inciting racism by bringing up unnecessary issues.

Ali Sabry said his attire was appropriate and he was not bound to follow a dress code inscribed by Wijayasiri.

SJB MPs accused the behavior of the Justice Minister was not appropriate of an MP and slammed the conduct of Vijath Maha members in Parliament.

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