against CJ to be dropped
Government, opposition work out
By Harinda Vidanage and Santhush Fernando
The joint opposition and the UPFA government are reported to be
working out a compromise whereby the oppostion would drop its motion
for the appointment of a select committee to probe the conduct of
Chief Justice Sarath N Silva.
Sunday Times learns that in return the UPFA government would drop
moves for the appointment of select committees to probe the conduct
of former ministers Ravi Karunanayake and Rauff Hakeem
joint opposition on Tuesday submitted to Parliamentary Secretary
General Priyani Wijesekara a motion calling for the appointment
of a select committee to probe allegations that the Chief Justice
was found in a compromising position with a female around the Parliament
area early this month.
Jathika Hela Urumaya was among those who signed the proposal, but
on Friday it decided to withdraw its support for the motion. JHU
leader Ven Ellawala Medhananda Thera, who earlier signed the motion
for the select committee, told The Sunday Times yesterday the party
was withdrawing its support because it believed there was no need
to probe the behaviour of an individual.
Sunday Times learns that discussions about the government-opposition
compromise were started between deputy minister Sripathi Suriyaarachchi
and opposition chief whip, Mahinda Samarasinghe.
Suriyaarchchi told The Sunday Times that discussions were under
way though no agreement was reached. But other sources said a compromise
had been worked out. Mr. Samarasinghe when contacted refused to
confirm or deny reports that a compromise had been reached to withdraw
the motion against the Chief Justice.
Secretary General Priyani Wijesekara said she had not received any
instructions regarding the withdrawal until yesterday and she would
go ahead to place the motion on the order paper. However the proposal
could be withdrawn subsequently or allowed to lapse after being
placed on the order paper, she explained.
this week, the UPFA parliamentary group signed and handed over a
motion to appoint a select committee to investigate corruption allegations
against former minister Ravi Karunanayake, especially the alleged
fraud in the purchase of a building for the CWE.
Sunday Times learns this motion was handed over to the parliamentary
Secretary General to counter the opposition motion on the Chief
Justice. Mr. Sooriyarachchi also warned that another motion would
be introduced to probe the allegedly immoral or unethical conduct
of SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem.