Aug 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling party parliamentarian Hunais Farook has raised a privilege issue in parliament against the conduct of the Mannar Magistrate.
Farook has told the House that his privileges as a legislator were violated by the conduct of the Magistrate.
The parliamentarian has explained that the Magistrate had called him to his private Chamber and reprimanded him for a speech he had made in parliament a few days earlier where he had referred to the Magistrate's conduct.
Farook has said that he had gone to the courthouse to appear for some clients who were suspects in the alleged attack on the Mannar courthouse.
According to Farook, his rights as a parliamentarian were violated by the Magistrate who had questioned him on a speech made from the floor of the House.
However Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has objected to Farook's issue and said that if a privilege issue or any allegation is being made against an official administering justice in the country, it has to be done by way of a substantive motion as per section 78 of Standing Orders.
Nevertheless, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has observed that in this instance the MP's privileges have been violated.