Speaker seeks AG’s advice on no confidence against Ravi K

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Aug 08, 2017 (LBO) – Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Tuesday informed Parliament that he has sought Attorney General’s advice about the validity of debating the no confidence motion against Foreign Minister.

As per the standing orders of Parliament, debating any matter which is under adjudication by a court of law or any matter on which a judicial decision is pending is prohibited.

Accordingly, after receiving legal advice, the Speaker is to call a special party leaders meeting on Thursday to decide on the debate of no confidence motion.

Constitutional lawyer and Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila however told Parliament that the motion is not sub judice as the motion submitted to the Parliament is not related to the bond commission inquiry.

“The motion is not based on the objectives of the bond commission; it is about something independent from the commission,” Gammanpila highlighted.

JVP leader Anura Dissanayake pointed out that the Speaker should include the motion in the order book of Parliament before seeking AG’s advice on the matter.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe however told Parliament that no one in the government wants to oppose bringing a no confidence motion.

Over thirty members of the Joint Opposition last week submitted a motion of no confidence against Minister Ravi Karunanayake for alleged financial links with Arjun Aloysius.