Deputy Chairman of committees Selvam Adaikalanathan said that since the matter is before court it cannot be discussed in Parliament.
Joint opposition member Dinesh Gunawardena had requested to make a statement on the arrest and to discuss the matter in Parliament.
However Adaikalanathan announced that while Gunawardena could make the statement, the matter cannot be discussed.
A heated exchange took place between the opposition and the Government benches when Gunawardena demanded that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe make a statement on the arrest.
The Prime Minister had refused to comment and allowed Minister Sarath Fonseka to speak on his behalf.
When Fonseka began making a statement the opposition exchanged heated words with the Government forcing Adaikalanathan to urge Gunawardena to control the joint opposition members.
After bringing the House to order Adaikalanathan said that the matter on the arrest of Udaya Gamanpila will not be discussed. (Colombo Gazette)