Speaker Karu Jayasuriya disallowed an objection raised by Higher Education Minister over Opposition Whip Anura Dissanayake raising the Avant Garde issue moving an adjournment motion.
Minister of Higher Education and Highways and the Leader of the House of Parliament Lakshman Kiriella raised an objection that according to section 84 of the standing orders Parliament is unable to discuss matters pertaining to a court case.
He said:’ There is a B report 32528/2015 submitted to Galle Magistrates Court. Next hearing will fall on 25th February 2016. There is substantial evidence against Avant Garde on money laundering.
However, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya allowed MP Dissanayake to continue with the adjournment debate provided that he would omit references to legal proceedings underway.