Ranaweera and Thewarapperuma are suspended from Parliament for a week

Ranaweera and Thewarapperuma are suspended from Parliament for a week

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Parliament has decided to suspend the attendance of Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma and MP Prasanna Ranaweera who were involved in the brawl that happened in the House, for one week effective from today. The Speaker said today that investigations would be carried out immediately with respect to the publication of the report of Committee by certain media before its release.
The Resolution to suspend the attendance of Parliamentary sessions for one week of Palitha Thewarappepruma and Prasanna Ranaweera was presented by House Leader Minister Lakshman Kiriella. It received the approval of the Parliament. Several members sustained injuries in the ruckus that surfaced in Parliament on Tuesday. An inquiry headed by Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala was carried out into the incident and its report was handed over to the Speaker today.
The video footage with respect to the altercation was released to the media today. The report has made several recommendations.
The report has called for the initiation of maximum possible disciplinary measures against Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma and MP Prasanna Ranaweera who led the argument into a brawl. It has also recommended stern disciplinary action against members who ridiculed the Chair. Another recommendation was the issue of a severe warning to members who descended on the well obstructing Parliamentary proceedings.
Although we knew of the contents of the report, we took the responsibility of not revealing details until the report was made public, since we adhered to reporting news with full responsibility and also safeguarding the supremacy of Parliament.
However, queries were raised in Parliament today on publication of the contents of the report before it was released.
The people are not at all satisfied about the behaviour of representatives who entered Parliament through the mandate of the people, in the presence of school children in the gallery. They are also not happy on the punishment meted out to these members.