Sri Lanka parliament in uproar after jailing of opposition MP

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Tuesday jailed former agriculture minister and leading opposition figure S.B. Dissanayake for contempt, sparking angry protests in the national parliament Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Tuesday jailed former agriculture minister and leading opposition figure S.B. Dissanayake for contempt, sparking angry protests in the national parliament Dissanayake, who is also a legislator from the United National Party (UNP), was hand-cuffed and taken to prison shortly after Chief Justice Sarath Silva handed down the sentence for defaming the Supreme Court and judges in a speech.

Pandemonium broke out in the legislature with opposition legislators dashing a drinking glass and a saucer on the well of the House, prompting a 10-minute suspension.

The rumpus also prevented the government getting the budget of the Environmental and Natural Resources Ministry passed Tuesday, officials said, adding that the voting was put off till Wednesday.

Lawyers began poring over the constitution and election acts to see if Dissanayake would automatically lose his seat in parliament following the landmark judgement over his remarks made at a public rally in November last year.