Wijeyadasa left

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because he violated collective responsibility: Talatha

By Sandun A Jayasekera
 Justice and Foreign Employment Minister Talatha Atukorale  yesterday said that former minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had to leave because he had violated collective responsibility of the Cabinet and does not know whether he exerted any influence on the Attorney General’s Department to  delay filing charges against anyone as suggested by certain  politicians, civil society and individuals.   


Minister Rajapakshe was removed from the Cabinet for  violating the collective responsibility of the Cabinet and not for any  other offence, she said.   

However, I expect to study the charge of such legal delays  and take swift action against corrupt politicians and officials and take  action to rectify it if they were true.   

Minister Atukorale assumed duties as the new Minister of  Justice last morning at her office at Hulftsdorp following the expulsion  of former Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe from the Cabinet on charges of  breaching the collective responsibility of the Cabinet.   

Speaking to the media, Minister Atukorale said the entire  judiciary and AG’s department were under the thumb of former President  Mahinda Rajapaksa during his rule but no one talked about it. With the  newly found freedom under this government people have resorted to  protest even for banning the use of polythene.   

She also said that the joint opposition had lodged  complains with the bribery commission against UNP Ministers Malik  Samarawickrama, Kabir Hashim, Ravi Karunanayake, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne  and her under their top 10 propaganda but the Yahapalana government is  determined not to let real criminals grab power in future