Ranil willing to support a probe on allegations against Dr.Jayalath Jayawardena

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today that the UNP would support the appointment of a Select Committee of Parliament to probe if its MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena had acted in contravention of his Parliamentary oath of office.

“If there is an inquiry, we will support it”, Mr. Wickremesinghe said.

Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena said they would also support the appointment of a Select Committee of Parliament to probe allegations against Dr. Jayawardena who the government says violated the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution by participating in protest campaigns in London with separatist forces.

The Opposition Leader said the Sixth Amendment was introduced by the UNP and none of his party members would violate it.

“We don’t accept the charges against Dr. Jayawardena but we are agreeable to an inquiry”, he said.

He asked the government to place the evidence the government has against the UNP MP before it and the UNP would to the same.

Mr. Wickremesinghe accepted that Dr. Jayawardena was in London for a few days to meet with members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Union to take up the issue of Sarath Fonseka.

However he had left before President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived there, he said.

Source: Times Online

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