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* Speaker to table the committee report on disorderly conduct in parliament on Friday
Tue, Feb 19, 2019, 11:05 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 19, Colombo: Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri said Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will table the report of the special Parliamentary Committee that investigated into the unruly incidents in the Chamber on November 14, 15 and 16 on Friday.

The committee submitted the report to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on 22 January.

The Deputy Speaker told the media that the Speaker would then refer the report to the Parliament Ethics and Privileges Committee headed by Minister Thilak Marapana.

He however said the report has not yet been forwarded to the Attorney General and that the Speaker awaits the recommendations of the Ethics and Privileges Committee in that regard. The 10-member Ethics and Privileges Committee has scheduled a meeting on Wednesday afternoon to take up the report, state media reported.

The Deputy Speaker said the CID investigation into the incident has also been expedited and is being carried out independently.

During the two parliamentary sessions on 15 and 16 November, the lawmakers of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) supporting the unconstitutionally appointed Prime Minister attacked the Speaker, and brawled with the opposition members in an attempt to disrupt the vote on a no-confidence motion against appointed Prime Minister.

During the Nov 16 session, UPFA MPs attacked the police officers who escorted the Speaker into the Chamber, with chili powder mixed water and hurled chairs and books at the opposition MPs. Several police officers and opposition MPs were injured in the attacks.

During the parliamentary session held on November 15 and 16, the unrest in the floor of the House had caused damages to the properties of the Chamber.

According to a copy of the Committee's report leaked to the media last month, the Committee has implicated 54 UPFA MPs, 4 UNP one JVP MP in the three days of clashes.

 

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