Speaker is ready to direct the COPE Report to the AG, if...

Speaker is ready to direct the COPE Report to the AG, if the MPs agree


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced in Parliament today that the COPE Report on the Central Bank bond issue can be directed to the Attorney General if all Members of Parliament agreed.
The Speaker announced to the members of Parliament that the decision on the Committee on Public Enterprises should be taken by this House. If all the members are in agreement the report could be directed to the Attorney General. He said that it is appropriate to direct to the Attorney General reports that will be presented to the House in the future.
House Leader Lakshman Kiriella thanked the Speaker on behalf of the entire Parliament for beginning a new tradition. In the past several COPE Reports were presented to Parliament. But not a single report was directed to the Attorney General.
MP Bimal Ratnayake said that they highly appreciate the proposal made by the Speaker as his view and also to take necessary initiatives in this respect in the future.
MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that this should also be directed to the Inspector General of Police.
The Speaker said that the Attorney General would take action to forward it to the IGP.
MP Sunil Handunneti said that it would be appropriate if the Speaker would make a recommendation on the the action that would follow to Parliament and the supervision of the Committee on Public Enterprise.
Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said the Speaker was unveiling a significant tradition. As the Minister in charge of the Portfolio, he said the Prime Minister has directed the report to the Attorney General and the Central Bank Governor had lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigations Department as advised by the Attorney General. Accordingly the CID has begun inquiries.