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Speaker refuses Ponnambalam’s question citing Standing Orders and stating it is subjudice

Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on Thursday, September, refused a request by Ahila Ilankai Thamil Congress Leaader Parliamentarian Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam to raise a question citing Standing Order 27(2) and stating it was sub judice.

Speaker told the House:

“I wish to inform the House that a question under Standing Order 27 (2) of the Parliament received from MP G. K. Ponnambalam, Member of Parliament as the Leader of recognised Political Party.

It has been brought to my notice and also it is self explanatory in paragraph 3 of the question intended to be raised by him is a matter which is under adjudication by a Court of Law.

Under these circumstances, I wish to inform this House that I am not in a position to allow this matter to be raised by him on the floor of the House today in terms of the Provisions stipulated in Standing Order 36(f) of the Parliament.

I also wish to bring to the notice of the House that only one of the leaders of recognised political parties including the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament will be allowed to raise any question relating to a matter of urgent public importance as per Standing Order 27(2) of the Parliament at the conclusion of Parliamentary Questions on any sitting day of Parliament.”







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