Parliament privileges cannot suppress Law - Kiriella | Daily News
Stop CID probe into fracas inside Chamber - UPFA:

Parliament privileges cannot suppress Law - Kiriella

UPFA MPs led by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa called on the Speaker to stop CID investigations into the unruly incidents in the Chamber on November 14, 15 and 16, stating that MPs are protected by the Parliament privileges.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya tabled the report of the Special Parliamentary Committee that investigated into the unruly behaviour of MPs and forwarded the same to the Parliament Ethics and Privileges Committee.

The UPFA MPs taking the floor expressed their displeasure on handing over the investigations on the incident to Police. However, Leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella dismissing those arguments stressed that the country’s law is supreme and that it cannot be suppressed by Parliament privileges.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, while stating that the content of the report would be discussed at a Party Leaders’ Meeting, said that Police investigations are related to the attacks on the MPs and that he cannot interfere into them.

UPFA MP Dinesh Gunawardena taking the floor soon after the report was tabled said that a UPFA team led by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday to discuss this matter.

“We are interested in the rights of the MPs.The Prime Minister agreed that we should not allow our privileges to be handed over to Police. Our MPs are being summoned by Police in relation to the report of the Deputy Speaker. We are protected by the Privileges Act. If you say our MPs can be summoned by the Police for an incident within the Chamber of the House, then our privileges have no meaning. You have to protect the privileges and rights that have been enshrined on the MPs and Parliament. You have to make a very clear decision.You should have a special Party Leaders’ Meeting on this,” MP Gunawardena told the Speaker.





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