A desperate Sirisena had thrown a tantrum at the special Cabinet meeting today, demanding a suspension of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks. He had even threatened to boycott all government activities and meetings until his demand is met.
A desperate Sirisena embarrassed by the information that is unravelling before the PSC probing Easter attacks, had put all cards on the table just to be met with rejection from the Cabinet who duly informed him that decisions pertaining to the PSC are made by Parliament and there was nothing they could do.
He had said the PSC was a political witch hunt against him, aimed at tainting his image and added he even wrote to the Speaker, asking to put a stop to Committee proceedings as they obstructed five ongoing cases linked to Easter attacks. He says he was disappointed to see the Speaker did not take it up before Parliament today as per Parliament tradition.
Sirisena had added he is ready to answer any questions levelled at him, not just by the PSC members but all other Parliamentarians but that he is not prepared to do it in front of media.
Sirisena has sought Attorney General Dappula de Livera’s ‘opinions’ to also try to impose barriers on the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to prevent the truth from getting out; that he is directly culpable in the loss of over 250 lives in the Easter bombings.
The PSC had come under heavy attack today even during Sirisena’s meeting with Police chiefs in the evening.
Sirisena had said he will not permit a single security officer currently serving in active duty, to appear before the PSC and that he will take full responsibility for them.
Funny claim coming from a man who in the aftermath of the Easter attacks tried to coerce suspended IGP Pujith Jayasundara to accept the blame so he can clear his name.
Meanwhile, its puzzling what Livera’s concerns must be, given the three bench judge at the Supreme Court, that took up suspended IGP’s Fundamental Rights petition today had not raised any such concerns and decided to take up the Petition for consideration on June 24.