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President has relegated constitution to be worthless paper: Anura charges

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake 02
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has charged that President Maithripala Sirisena has relegated the Constitution to be worth less than a paper used to wrap peanuts on the roadside.

He made this observation addressing the Committee Stage Debate of Budget 2019 in Parliament. During his address, Anura Kumara said:

“The Voice Against Corruption organization lodged many complaints with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption. Although investigations were conducted, the Commission is not allowed to take legal action against those who are involved in major frauds. Commission has taken action against ordinary people, such as minor staff, constables, Grama Niladharis, and technical officers found guilty. No action was taken against the Ministers and top personalities, including the First Lady of the Rajapaksa regime.

The President should tell Parliament why he removed the Director-General. We passed the Bribery Act and we pass funds. We expected him in Parliament today to respond to these charges.

President has violated the Constitution by appointing acting Chairman of the Court of Appeal Deepali Wijesundara without the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. Acting appointments can be given if the existing Chairman is unable to execute his duties for health issues, and not available in the country. This President is considering the Constitution on par with a paper used to wrap peanuts. All the cases heard at the Court of Appeal can be contested at the Supreme Court.

Using a Cabinet paper dated January 2018, the President has removed the enforcing power vested with the National Procurement Commission. This is another instance of the President submitting a Cabinet paper violating the Constitution. As a result, the appeals are now heard at the Presidential Secretariat. So, how can a bidder lodge a complaint against the procurement procedures of the Presidential Secretariat? The chances are less than zero that such a complaint will be accepted and investigated.

A Bench comprised of seven Supreme Court judges had found the President violated the Constitution by dissolving Parliament.

The President can only appoint Ministers based on the list the Prime Minister provides. By appointing Ministers without a list from the Prime Minister, he has violated the Constitution.

During the 52 days, a certain MP took oaths as the Deputy Health Minister. Nobody knows about this appointment. Can we allow this President to continue to joke? He was appointed for five years, but should not start meddling with the Constitution.”

 

 

 

 

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