Tamil Diplomat

Sumanthiran throws light on sub judice principle in the House

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A.Sumnthiran addressed the House clarifying the sub judice principle. Expressing his opinion on the objection raised by Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella that the Opposition Whip Anura Dissanayake could not move an adjournment motion on the Avant Garde issue since there is B report filed in a Court of Law.

Sumanthiran argued: “Just because a B report is filed it doesn’t confirm that the matter is pending adjudication. If there is court case that has started and the matter is pending adjudication Parliament should refrain from going into the matter. There have been rulings from Speaker before that a B report does not necessarily mean the matter is sub judice. I concur with MP Dissanayake that this is a matter of great public importance and the debate should continue”.