Feb 23, Colombo: The special Parliamentary Committee that investigated into the unruly incidents in the Chamber on November 14, 15 and 16 has decided to take legal action under the instructions of the Attorney General against 59 parliamentarians who threw chili powder at police officers and hurled chairs and books at other lawmakers.
According to the committee, 55 members of the United People's Freedom Alliance, 3 MPs of the United National Party (UNP) and 1 Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP have acted against the provisions of the Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act.
Accordingly, legal action should be instituted against the violators, the Committee has decided.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya appointed the committee headed by deputy speaker Ananda Kumarasiri to investigate the unruly incidents that took place in parliament on November 14, 15 and 16.
The Committee made the recommendations after investigating the incidents for eight days using the unedited video footage of the incidents on the said three days from the cameras in the House chamber and from electronic media.
MPs Chamal Rajapaksa and Chandrasiri Gajadheera, who were nominated to the committee representing the United People's Freedom Alliance, refused to join the functions of the committee.
Other Committee members MPs R. M. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Bimal Ratnayaka and Mavai Senathirajah have investigated the incidents with the assistance of the Attorney General's Department and a senior DIG, Criminal Investigation Department and a police team.
The 59 MPs are accused of obstructing parliamentary activities, assaulting policemen, threatening them, damaging property, attacking the speaker and damaging property worth Rs. 325,000.
The Committee has said that according to the nature of the violations, the MPs can be suspended from parliament without a debate, charged in Supreme Court and imposed punishment or temporarily suspended from parliamentary sitting for days or months.
According to the Committee report, MP Johnston Seneviratne has committed about 16 such offenses. Prasanna Ranaweera has committed 12 offenses, 10 for Wimal Weerawansa, nine each for Padma Udaya Shantha and Priyankara Jayaratne, seven by Mahindananda Aluthgamage and nine by Ananda Aluthgamage.
Other MPs SB Dissanayake, Piyal Nishantha, Dilan Perera, Dinesh Gunawardena, Lohan Ratwatte, Jayantha Samaraweera, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Thilanga Sumathipala, Dilum Amunugama, Sisira Jayakody, Kanchana Wijesekara, Susantha Punchi Nilame, Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi, Ranjith Soysa, S. M. Chandrasena, D.D. Chanaka, Arundika Fernando, Dulles Alahapperuma, Wimalaweera Dissanayake, Shehan Semasinghe, Thenuka Nanayakkara, Anuradha Jayaratne, Sarathi Dushmantha, Sanath Nishantha, Kanaka Herath, Udaya Gammanpila, Saranath Basnayake, Nimal Lanza, Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, Ramesh Pathirana, Vijitha Berugoda , Mohan Priyankara, Roshan Ranasinghe, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, C. B. Ratnayake, T. B. Ekanayake, Lakshman Yapa, Tharaka Balasooriya, Janaka Wakkumbura, Bandula Gunawardena, Niroshan Premaratne, Salinda Dissanayake, Premalal Jayasekera and Dilip Wedaarachchi have been charged for eight offenses.
UNP MPs Palitha Thewarapperuma, Chandima Gamage, Ranjan Ramanayake and Thushara Indunil have also been cited while the JVP MP Vijitha Herath too has been named.