By Colombo Telegraph –
Four opposition members of the Parliamentary Select Committee announced a short while ago that they withdrew from the committee and stated that they put forward four conditions before the Chairman of the PSC to further remain in the committee. Meanwhile other all opposition members who were participating in the budget debate also walked out protesting impeachment process.
The opposition members were John Amaratunga, Lakshman Kiriella (UNP), Vijitha Herath (DNA) and R Sampanthan (TNA). Addressing a press conference at the Parliamentary complex MP Amaratunga said that the PSC does not allow the formal procedures on the impeachment.
According to a copy of the statement made available to the press, the four members said that they requested an opportunity be given for the lawyers of the Chief Justice to cross-examine complainants.
“It is also a matter of note that the Chief Justice has not been afforded the courtesies’ and privileges due to her office. We have made our position clear regarding these matters. It is the duty of the PSC to maintain the highest standard of fairness in conducting this inquiry. We also regrettably note that during these proceedings, the treatment meted out to the Chief Justice was insulting and intimidatory and the remarks made were clearly indicative of preconceived findings of guilt,” the statement signed by the four members said.