Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 13 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka parliament to take action against the two opposition MPs for attending court
Sat, Jan 5, 2013, 12:28 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Parliament will take breach of privileges action against the two opposition parliamentarians who attended the Court of Appeal proceedings Thursday (03) despite a ruling given by the Speaker that Courts cannot issue notices on Members of Parliament.

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP R. Sampanthan and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Vijitha Herath responded to a notice issued by the Appellate Court for the members of the 11-member parliamentary select committee (PSC) that probed the impeachment motion of Chief Justice to appear before the court.

Deputy Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Chandima Weerakkody said that special permission is needed for its members to give evidence regarding parliament proceedings and its committees outside parliament and these two MPs have not obtained such permission before they appeared before the Court of Appeal yesterday.

However, the Deputy Speaker has said that he doesn't know whether the two MPs had given evidence before the Court or a sworn affidavit which could also be considered as evidence.

He said if the MPs have given any evidence in court on the parliamentary proceedings, action could be taken against them under Section 17 of the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act.

A censure motion could be brought on the two MPs on the grounds that they had undermined Parliamentary supremacy, or else they could be charged for contempt of Parliament, Weerakkody has said.

The other nine members of the PSC including the two opposition United National Party MPs did not attend the court's hearing on the petition filed by the embattled Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake challenging the PSC report.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka, UK seek enhanced economic and technical cooperation
-- [13 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka's Speaker calls for a special parliament sitting on Monday to debate removal of Chief Justice
-- [1 hour and 15 minutes ago]
Commonwealth Secretary General arrives in Sri Lanka on a three-day visit
-- [1 hour and 43 minutes ago]
US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal to arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's John Keells to continue Waterfront property project without gaming facility
Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner announces holding elections for two local bodies in North
Canada hopes for a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government in Sri Lanka
Complaint lodged with Sri Lanka Bribery Commission against the custodian of Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
Sri Lanka Law College to hold examinations in all three languages
Sri Lanka Health Ministry orders pictographic warnings on cigarette packets from February 1

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.