Legal action will not be instituted against UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for not vacating Temple Trees to date, new Premier’s Secretary Sirisena Amarasekara said.
The Secretary to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, however said it was the duty of the former Premier to vacate the premises and leave immediately.
Addressing a news briefing, he said a government official could use an official residence for sometime even after they cease to function in their office, but said there was no provision for politicians to overstay official residences.
He also said an officer could use an official residence with the approval of his or her successor.
"Mr. Rajapaksa has not yet commented on this issue. It is my responsibility as his secretary to ensure he has access to his official residence. I have assigned an additional secretary to sort out the issue and convey our views to Temple Trees. Therefore, we hope Mr. Wickremesinghe will leave Temple Trees immediately,” Mr. Amarasekara said.
He pointed out that the use of an official residence without the approval of the successor to that post amounted to misuse of public property. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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Comments - 20
Unchikun Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:46 AM
Government servants? Go to near any school or supper market and one can see a nice display of misuse of government property. I do not think there are major changes to the AR (Administrative Regulations) and FR (Financial Regulations) for the last 50 years.
gal siyabala Wednesday, 31 October 2018 04:10 AM
If you go to court of law then, it will rule that RW is still the Prime Minister.
palle Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:29 PM
Then by all means do it !!
mike Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:45 PM
forget da bloody court of law . what did RW do nothing. all roads infrastructure development finishing of LTTE done by MR/GOTA. did RW bring any investment in his foreign travel? lets go by results which actually matter. we want MR
nada Wednesday, 31 October 2018 04:13 AM
Mahinda Rajapaksha family is the luckiest family in this world...no matter what...Entire Srilanka is in one family's hand now... people do not know whether to cry or smile
Murti Wednesday, 31 October 2018 04:13 AM
My opinion is that RW should leave leadership of UNP and give way to younger politicians. Power hungry MARA and family too should give opportunity to others in SLFP to lead the party.
palle Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:32 PM
This is not a cricket team to give every person a chance.
cheers Wednesday, 31 October 2018 04:38 AM
He should be evicted from temple trees as he is staying there by force since last Saturday and he is a person who violated the democracy of sri lanka
BABA Wednesday, 31 October 2018 09:56 AM
Ranil is a leader who accept defeat but it should be in a legitimate way. who violated the democracy by appointing a prime minister through the back door?
mike Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:49 PM
cut da water
Tinkiriya Wednesday, 31 October 2018 05:08 AM
Legal action does not apply to political criminals. Only the masses are trampled by abusing the law when a poor man steals a coconut, a mango or pluck some flowers for a mul wattiya.
bill Wednesday, 31 October 2018 05:16 AM
No wonder. Name this man is also Sirisena. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Rajinth Wednesday, 31 October 2018 05:29 AM
Really? Ask MR to enter through the back door since he is an expert in doing that.
Lankan Wednesday, 31 October 2018 05:47 AM
Yes, since it's PUBLIC property, how about letting the PUBLIC decide who resides in it? Convene the Parliament so the PUBLIC's representatives can vote and the PUBLIC's will can prevail, not yours, not the president's nor the current resident of the property. PUBLIC pays for it, PUBLIC owns it, PUBLIC can and will decide. Now go and re-appoint the additional secretary to go open the doors of the Parliament. YOU ALL SEEM TO BE DELUDED SO LISTEN CAREFULLY! IT IS US THE PUBLIC WHO PAYS ALL YOU MORONS, WE THE PUBLIC ARE THE MASTERS NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. NOW DO AS WE SAY!
Tamil Wednesday, 31 October 2018 06:07 AM
Ranil hopes that for all the things he had done for India, it would come to his defence and sort out in his favour. But soon he will learn who the Indians are.
Scooby Doo Wednesday, 31 October 2018 06:33 AM
See who is speaking about misuse of public property.
RP Wednesday, 31 October 2018 09:09 AM
You fell at the time MR allegedly assumed duties. Do you fear a second fall if you take the issue to court? When you receive the court order the new government will fall from grace to zero
Dr.Raghav Sharma Wednesday, 31 October 2018 09:57 AM
Since both are keen or crazy to the position. Keep both of them as PMs. One can officiate on odd number of days and another can lead on even numbers of the month. Then no fights .. peace and above all common understanding in looting the Public Money.
Karin Jay Thursday, 01 November 2018 06:31 AM
A thief and thug is trying to take over once more, something that doesn't belong to him!
Vasa Thursday, 01 November 2018 03:29 PM
RW is legally elected PM.MR was selected by Presisident and has come through the back door.
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