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COPE never meant to insult Mahanayake Thera: Handunetti

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Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) did not mean to insult the most Ven. Mahanayaka Thera of Malwathu Chapter by ordering a probe on leasing out land to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to set up a cricket university in Kandy, Committee Chairman Sunil Handunetti told parliament today.

Mr. Handunetti came out with this following a request made by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to make a statement with regard to the issue. He made this request when Joint Opposition MP Ananda Aluthgamage alleged that SLC had offered a bribe to the Chief Prelate in order to obtain land to set up a cricket university.

The Speaker actually advised not to make statements which insult the Ven. Mahanayaka Thera who is a respected figure in the country. “Please don’t insult him publicly. I will ask the COPE Chief to make a statement on the issue,” the Speaker said.

Mr. Handunetti said COPE only requested the Auditor General to get a statement from the Chief Prelate about the leasing of the land. “We made this request form the Auditor General as nothing had been done on the proposed cricket university, although a land belonging to the Malwathu chapter has been least out. COPE never intend to insult the Mahanayaka Thera or to put him into difficulty,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Saranga Walimuni Thursday, 05 September 2019 01:49 AM

    What's wrong asking a legit questions Get over this respect BS.... We need to bring people to books

    Ram Thursday, 05 September 2019 02:44 AM

    Any person who acts disregarding the law must face the music in public. Mahanayaka is no exception. Those who make false accusations must be charged in court and punished, if found guilty

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 05 September 2019 10:11 AM

    SLC would have better promised that the monks would be allowed to sexual abuse the cricket students as well.

    Buddhist Thursday, 05 September 2019 05:27 PM

    As if the Mahanayake has not taken any bribe from the Rajpakse family to support Gotabaya. Similarly Cardinal.

    Buddhist Thursday, 05 September 2019 05:29 PM

    As if the Mahanayake and the Cardinal have not taken bribe from Mahinda to support Gotabaya.


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