Debate sought in Parliament on Avant Garde

parliamentParty leaders will discuss and decide on a request put forward by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to have a debate on the Avant Garde issue.

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake put forward the request today in Parliament and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that party leaders will meet tomorrow and take a decision on the request.

Dissanayake said that contradictory statements are being made with regards to the Avant Garde issue and he felt there was an attempt to suppress the investigations.

He said that there was also a dispute in the Attorney General’s (AG) department with regards to the investigations with some saying the former Defence Secretary can be arrested over the allegation while others say he cannot.

Dissanayake said that Parliament must debate the issue and a Parliament Select Committee must later be appointed to decide on the next course of action.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe however denied claims that the AG was attempting to stop the investigations.

He said that on the contrary the AG has instructed the police to continue investigations and take appropriate action.

The Prime Minister also said that there is no need for separate investigation to be conducted on Avant Garde as proposed by Dissanayake as the CID was already conducting investigations.

Wickremesinghe said that the party leaders can decide if there should be a debate on the issue. (Colombo Gazette)