Secretary of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (‘Majority Group’), Lal Wijenayake told Colombo Telegraph that neither he nor the party was aware that UNP National List MP and member of the group Jayampathy Wickramaratne had sold his duty free car permit.
Wijenayake said that he first got to know of this sale through the Colombo Telegraph and added that no one in the Politburo has so far raised the issue.
While the duty free car permit was a devise introduced to facilitate greater involvement of MPs with their respective electorates, many parliamentarians have sold their permits and thereby secured gains in the region of Rs 25 million.
Wijenayake told Colombo Telegraph that the Right to Information Act would be invoked if necessary to get to the bottom of the allegation. (By Renuka Jayasinghe)