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Hizbullah’s contract with Govt. contravenes Constitution - AG’s Dept.

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Attorney General’s Department had informed the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Education in Parliament that former Eastern Province Governor M. L. A. M. Hizbullah had engaged in a conflict of interest by getting into a contract with the government to establish the Batticaloa Campus while being an MP, it was revealed yesterday.

JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa and UNP MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe who revealed this in the House during an adjournment debate in the House yesterday stressed the need to take legal action against Mr Hizbullah.

Prof. Marasinghe said legal action should be taken against the former Eastern Province Governor.

Dr. Jayatissa said Mr. Hizbullah should be fined Rs.500 for each day he spent as an MP as per section 100 of the constitution. “MP's, if he/she wants to get into any contract with the government, they have to resign from the MP’s post. Mr. Hizbullah had got into an agreement with the government in 2013 while being a member of parliament. This means he had remained as an MP during this time illegally. According to Section 100 of the Constitution, an MP has to be fined Rs.500 for each day he spent as an MP. This provision also has a retrospective” Dr. Jayatissa remarked. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Wow Thursday, 08 August 2019 09:20 AM

    So an MP can get away by paying Rs. 500 per day?

    Gihan Thursday, 08 August 2019 11:27 AM

    500R/ day is laughable considering the money he has accumulated by abusing his power! Changing the signboards to Arabic- is that not misappropriation of funds?

    Ram Thursday, 08 August 2019 04:02 PM

    Something is better than nothing. 2013 to 2015 can be two years say days 730 x 500 = 365,000 this is peanuts for Hisbulla . AG must see if criminal charges can be laid

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 08 August 2019 04:12 PM

    How can you be so jealous. Why did you not say anything in 2013? How many MPs or their family members have contracts with the government?


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