SLFP member and Government Minister S.B Dissanayake said that President Maithripala Sirisena was kept in the dark over the notice issued by courts on some Parliamentarians and former military chiefs.
Dissanayake noted that the notice issued on the State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation A.H.M. Fowzie was unacceptable.
The case was filed over the alleged misuse of Government vehicles worth Rs. 19.5 million. Fowzie has been ordered to appear in court on October 28.
Dissanayake said that the President and the Speaker of Parliament must be informed when a Parliamentarian is summoned to court.
He also said that all the Ministers in the cabinet had also used Government vehicles in the past belonging to other Ministries like Fowzie did, so the charge against Fowzie was unacceptable.
“This incident is an attempt to discredit the President,” he said.
He also said that the President should have been informed before summons was issued on former military chiefs by courts recently. (Colombo Gazette)