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Speaker to refer phone call issue to Privileges Committee

21 November 2017 05:12 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said today he would refer to the Privileges Committee the matters raised by parliamentarians regarding the telephone conversations of COPE members and have a discussion with the party leaders on this matter.

Meanwhile, joint opposition MP Bandula Gunawardana said the statement made by Minister Lakshman Kiriella on Monday that parliamentary privileges of the MPs were breached because their phone calls had been tapped was incorrect because the PCoI said such a thing had not happened.

The minister who responded to the allegation said what was wrong was to leak out the details to the media.

"We are not against the investigations but the details should be kept confidential. Leaking out information to the media is wrong," he said.

However, MP Udaya Gammanpila said people should know how the MPs act and asked why the government was trying to keep it a secret, when the Right to Information Act was now functional.

"The Presidential Commission of Inquiry is a public commission. It's proceedings should be transparent," he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 5

  • Gamini Tuesday, 21 November 2017 07:36 PM

    Let the public know what their elected representatives are talking with others on their behalf.

    SL Tuesday, 21 November 2017 08:53 PM

    MPs are given privileges assuming that they do something to develop the nation not to destroy .They shall earn the privileges by doing good not robbing the nation

    Weerasinghe Ranabahu Wednesday, 22 November 2017 05:39 AM

    I knew Karu Jayasuriya when he was the Chairman of McWoods and Korea Ceylon Footware. He was a Gentalman par excellence.It is unfortunate to see that his credibility is being eroded by joining this band of rouges and trying to safeguard the rouges.

    voter Wednesday, 22 November 2017 12:59 PM

    Who's there to look after our breach of privileges through the actions of the clowns in the parliament? Will it be the judiciary which i doubt

    Park Wednesday, 22 November 2017 07:56 PM

    What about the JO members playing havoc in the Parliament well, are they not violation of privileges? Why the Speaker does not refer them? Scared of JO?


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