DEW violated parliamentary privileges: Ranil

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By Yohan Perera and Sanath Desmond
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday former parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Chairman DEW Gunasekera and the reports published in the media on the bond issue had violated the Parliamentary Privileges Act. In a letter addressed to Parliament Secretary General Dammika Dasanayake, the Prime Minister said both Mr. Gunasekera and certain media institutions should be penalized under Section 22, Sub Section 5 for having published false information with regard to the report on the bond sale.

The document which was given to the media by the former COPE Chief is not an actual report

Licence of Perpetual Treasuries as a primary dealer would be cancelled if the need arises

Sujeewa Senasinghe, Eran Wickramaratne and Rosy Senanayake had also said that they hardly had time to study it

 “Mr. Gunasekera has passed himself  off as the COPE Chairmian and presented his own document purporting to be the interim draft report of the committee. This action of his is a contravention of Section 22 of the Parliament Powers and Privileges Act. All media reporting this are also guilty of contravention of Section 22 of the same Act,” he said in the letter.

Mr. Wickremesinghe argued that the report which was put out by Mr. Gunasekera recently was not the COPE report. He said the document which was given to the media by the former COPE Chief is not an actual report as it had not been approved by a majority of COPE members. 

Meanwhile the Prime Minister said the licence of Perpetual Treasuries as a primary dealer would be cancelled if the need arises and revealed that he had directed the Central Bank Governor to ensure that bonds would be auctioned in a transparent manner.


The document which was given to the media by the former COPE Chief is not an actual report as it had not been approved by a majority of COPE members


Mr. Wickremesinghe expressed these views when he was briefed by the former COPE Members Sujeewa Senasinghe, Eran Wickramaratne and Rosy Senanayake on what took place during the COPE hearing. Mr. Senasinghe informed Mr. Wickremesinghe that the Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had told COPE that the Prime Minister had advised him to go for an auction. Also the former MPs said it was revealed at the COPE hearing that someone from the Central Bank Debt Department had informed one of the primary dealers to make a bid as the interest rates were profitable for them (dealers).

The MPs had also said that they were sent a report at 11.00 pm on June 25 and hardly had time to study it while a different report was presented to be approved the following day.
The Prime Minister said the COPE committee of the new parliament would be directed to carry out a new probe and submit the report to parliament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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