PHU asks Immn. Dept. for list of dual-citizen MPs

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By Lahiru Pothmulla  
Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary and MP, Udaya Gammanpila yesterday requested the Controller of Immigration and Emigration to furnish the details of the parliamentarians who held dual citizenship. DM_20170509_A001-189

He had attached a list of MPs in his letter to the Controller asking whether any of them were dual citizens as at August 17, 2015.  
“When applying for a passport, the applicant has to mention whether he is a dual citizen. The MPs’ passport and identity card numbers could be obtained from Parliament,” Mr. Gammanpila said and added that the people had a right to know whether there were any MPs who were disqualified from holding that title.  

He said he was submitting the letter based on the Right to Information (RTI) Act and that withholding of information or providing false information were punishable offences according to Clause 39 of the Act.   

The Court of Appeal last Wednesday ruled that Galle District MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was disqualified from functioning as an MP as she held dual citizenship in Sri Lanka and Switzerland.