Prez-govt. gap widen­ing: Dayasiri

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SANDUN A JAYASEKERA

SLFP Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Dayasiri Jayasekara ad­mit­ted that the dif­fer­ences be­tween the Pres­i­dent and the gov­ern­ment were widen­ing by the day with another loom­ing cri­sis in the ab­sence of yes­ter­day’s Cab­i­net meet­ing.

Mr. Jayasekara crit­i­cised the ques­tion­ing of for­mer SIS Chief Sisira Mendis by the Par­lia­men­tary Se­lect Com­mit­tee and the an­swers given by him.

He told the weekly news brief­ing that the whole pur­pose of the PSC was to em­bar­rass Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena but the way the sensitive in­for­ma­tion on in­tel­li­gence was ex­posed through the me­dia has put na­tional se­cu­rity at risk.

The MP said the gov­ern­ment, the joint op­po­si­tion and the SLFP ap­proved the ap­point­ment of a PSC to in­quire into the al­le­ga­tions con­tained in the no-con­fi­dence mo­tion against Rishad Bathi­udeen. But the JO and SLFP mem­bers re­signed when the gov­ern­ment ar­bi­trar­ily in­cluded mat­ters re­lat­ing to the Easter Sun­day at­tack.

He said the UNP mem­bers of the PSC had no moral right to ques­tion EX-DIG Mendis as most of them are from the na­tional list.

“The PSC’S sum­mon­ing of in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers and ques­tion­ing them is sub-ju­dice be­cause about half a dozen of court cases have been filed against the PSC probe. It also vi­o­late Par­lia­ment Stand­ing Or­ders. It is sad to note that the PSC had met even yes­ter­day ig­nor­ing Pres­i­dent’s re­quest. The probe on in­tel­li­gence and se­cu­rity mat­ters and in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers ex­pos­ing sensitive evidence be­fore the me­dia is not only a dis­ad­van­tage to lit­i­gants but a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity,” the MP said.

PIC BY PRADEEP DILRUKSHAN­A

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