Speaker sees brighter side as UNP tables much sought Supreme Court opinion

posted on: 25-11-2014

The Island – 25.11. 2014

By Saman Indrajith

speaker side viewIf the Opposition could steal a copy of the full report of the Supreme Court opinion on the incumbent President contesting a third term that indicates its resourcefulness and talent, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said in Parliament yesterday.

Speaker Rajapaksa said so after Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga claimed to have in his possession the full report of the Supreme Court opinion on the incumbent President contesting a third term and requested the Speaker to include it in the Hansard once it was tabled for public to know what was in it.

“Since Leader of the House Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena also may not have seen it, for the sake of all members in Parliament I seek your permission to table this document. I also request you to allow this document to be incorporated in the Hansard so that it is available for the public,” Amaratunga said.

Raising a Point of Order Senior Minister Vadudeva Nanayakkara said that it should not be incorporated in the Hansard without checking the authenticity of the document

Amaratunga: This is the 29-page report which has what each judge on the bench said and was signed by all 10 judges of the Supreme Court who were involved and has been issued on 10 November 2014.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa: You table it first and I will check for the authenticity of it and then we can see whether to put it in the Hansard or not.

H. M. Azwer: Point of Order sir. On behalf of all Parliamentarians a probe must be held as to how this member has acquired this document from the Supreme Court. This is a robbery, Sir; he has robbed it from Supreme Court

Speaker Rajapaksa: If it has been stolen then he must be very clever and talented …

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