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Speaker's action unlawful; benefits former PM, says NUTA

8 November 2018 09:55 am - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The National University Teachers’ Association (NUTA) yesterday complained to the Bribery Commission against Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

NUTA, in its complaint signed by three University academics, said the Speaker’s acts, done in favour of the wrongful or unlawful benefit or to confer a favour or advantage to former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, would amount to corruption as defined by Section 70 of the Bribery Act as amended by Act No 20 of 1994.

The NUTA said the Speaker did this by claiming that the Prorogation of Parliament by the President was unconstitutional, knowing very well such to be false in view of the clear provisions given in Article 33(2) (C) and Article 70 of the Constitution whereby unfettered and sole powers of Prorogation of Parliament are conferred on the President.

It said:

“The Speaker did this by giving the impression that the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe still holds office by public pronouncements, making public pronouncements distorting the provisions of the Constitution and refusal to accept the appointment of the new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed by the President by arrogating powers not conferred by the Constitution to him.

“Karu Jayasuriya while holding the post of the Speaker of Parliament which falls within the definition of a Public Servant in terms of the Bribery (Amendment) Act No. 20 of 1994 has thereby committed, in our view an offence falling within the definition of corruption in terms of Section 70 of the Bribery (Amendment) Act no. 20 of 1994 punishable inter alia by imprisonment up to 10 years upon finding guilty.”

The complaint was signed by Prof. Channa Jayasumana, Dr Maduruoya Dhammissara Thera and Senior Lecturer Raja Gunaratne.

  Comments - 17

  • ConcernedCitizen Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:06 AM

    Lawful and unlawful is subjected to terms and conditions in our country.

    Love Sri Lanka Thursday, 08 November 2018 12:32 PM

    NUTA who are suppose to be educated people are only thinking on party lines. Why don't you think of the country, specially democracy, freedom and the rule of law of our motherland !! “Our motherland suffers a lot, not because the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of the good people.”

    fareed Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:13 AM

    NUTA is drunk, they are the cat's paw of the illegal PM.

    Shan Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:15 AM

    NUTA favouring MS and MR

    Sanjeewa Thursday, 08 November 2018 02:32 PM

    NUT Association?

    Raman Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:20 AM

    Channa Jayasumana the fake professor? His legal advisor is Maths Deviyo

    Gamaya Thursday, 08 November 2018 12:16 PM

    Other than their subject knowledge, many of our academics have no character value. Part of the great tragedy of Sri Lanka.

    Hubert Thursday, 08 November 2018 12:32 PM

    These idiot are teaching at universities

    Mandy Thursday, 08 November 2018 12:43 PM

    The Speaker took a decision based on his conscience and the law. Any decision will favour one side or other - surely NUTA knows that. They think only they are right in any matter where a decision is required. Illiterate professors.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 08 November 2018 12:51 PM

    Now even a statement from 3 unknown people is gaining attention in the media.

    kawinda Thursday, 08 November 2018 12:52 PM

    When president take u turn from his voters, is that not a favoring, unethical? Pls do not behave same way when you teach and paper markings because only one side of your brain is working. god bless our kids.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 08 November 2018 01:32 PM

    This is the level of knowledge

    lkboy Thursday, 08 November 2018 03:01 PM

    How come these fellows became teachers?

    Smart Mom Thursday, 08 November 2018 03:23 PM

    Thank god my kids are studying in overseas universities, not under fake professors here

    Leon Thursday, 08 November 2018 08:48 PM

    It seems there are so many fake professors in Srilanka.

    Rahul Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:17 PM

    GMOA n some statutory boards peoples include university people in SL think that they are smart buut acually not. For their perks n concessions they are dying selling the countrys homage

    muhandiram Friday, 09 November 2018 11:04 AM

    These NUTA guys must be Real NUTS

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