An abrupt end in Parliament session

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.By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana

The second reading debate on the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Amendment) Bill came to an abrupt end yesterday when Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri adjourned the sessions last evening amidst a heated argument between the government and the opposition MPs.

The uproar began when a request was made by the ruling party to extend the sessions in order to allow the Minister of Justice Talatha Athukorala to complete her reply speech.

However Joint Opposition Parliamentary Group Leader Dinesh Gunawardane and the MP Wimal Weerawansa argued saying the sessions will have to stop at 6.30 p.m. and the second reading vote has to be taken up.
Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri who was at the chair said sessions could be adjourned after Ms. Athukorala completes her speech. However Mr. Gunawardane insisted that the sessions should be adjourned.

Deputy Speaker Kumarasiri then adjourned the sessions and called for the moving of adjournment debate.

Mr. Weerawansa then said even adjournment debate cannot go on when the sessions are closed at 6.30 p.m. House went into serious chaos at that time and the Deputy Speaker declared that the proceedings were closed for the day.