Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has assured that the new Constitution will safeguard all religious leaders and will not leave room for anyone to criticize them even inside Parliament.
Speaking at an event held in Kottawa yesaterday, Rajapakshe pointed out that there had been instances when religious leaders including Buddhist monks have been criticized within Parliament, however as an opportunity was not given to them to respond to such criticism, it created a very unfair situation.
He also extended his apologies to Ven. Bellanwila Wimalarathne, after a member of parliament recently criticized him in parliament.
“I apologise for that statement made against Ven. Wimalarathne by a certain parliamentarian, who used his parliamentary privileges to criticize the monk, and as the monk was not given an opportunity to respond to such criticism, it created a very unfair situation. But under the new constitution, no religious leader in our country will be allowed to be criticised,” Rajapakshe declared.