An impeachment motion to remove the Attorney General Dappula

(Lanka-e-News 09-Jan-2020, 12.15PM) Lanka e news confirms,, the opposition is planning to bring an impeachment against the current Attorney General Dappula De Livera for his illegal influence to the parliament.

Attorney General Dappula De Livera has recommended and ordered the parliament to stop the distribution of the forensic audit report of the Central Bank bond transaction valued Rs. 560 billion from 2002 to 2015 February, investigated by the COPE committee,  to the parliament MP’s.

Since the Attorney General had made such a recommendation to the COPE Committee on November 27th last year, the COPE did not provide copies of the forensic audit report to parliament MPs. Later the COPE committee was abolished as the parliamentary session ended. The question again came to light when the parliament started on the 3rd of this month. Ajith P. Perera, Ravi Karunanayake and Wimal Weerawansa urged speaker to present this report to the parliament mp’s. Former chairman of the COPE committee Sunil Handunetti notified the parliament about the recommendations of the Attorney general and said when a new COPE committee is formed a decision can be made.  On the 5th of this month the speaker again inquired from the attorney general about this but the AG Dappula de Livera has said the speaker that this should not be presented to the parliament mp’s.

This is reminiscent of the previous experience of defending the supremacy of Parliament in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in the era of Anura Bandaranaike as speaker.

The Attorney General does not have the power to make orders or make recommendations to the Parliament. Therefore the opposition is preparing to bring an impeachment motion against Attorney General Dappula de Livera and sack him. Neither can the new ruling party support the suppression of forensic audit reports on bond transactions, nor can they oppose to such an impeachment. However, the impeachment motion to remove the Attorney General requires only 75 signatures. There is no need for Parliament to pass a two third majority. It is enough to pass by a simple majority.

It was the current Attorney General, Dappula de Liviera, put heavy weight on the allegations on behalf of the Attorney General's Department of the President's Special Commission appointed to investigate the controversial Aloyshius bond scam.

The COPE Committee was then asked to conduct a forensic audit to probe the discrepancies of the bond transactions that have been carried out in the past. The COPE Committee has paid Rs. 900 million of public money to two foreign companies which took two years to complete the forensic audit.

by     (2020-01-09 06:57:36)

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