The Speaker of Parliament announced today the suspension of MP Sanath Nishantha for a period of 14 days, in the wake of a serious act of indiscipline committed by Sanath Nishantha, who, disrupted proceedings by behaving aggressively and interrupting a speech during the presentation of a question under 27/1.
The Speaker, exercising powers granted to him by Parliamentary Standing Orders 146, declared that the suspension would be effective from today (22). The disciplinary action stems from Nishantha’s conduct on the previous day (21), where he approached the opposition leader during the presentation of a 27/2 question. The opposition leader was addressing the government’s response to the Supreme Court’s designation of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and Basil Rajapaksa as responsible for economic malpractices.
The disruptive incident involved Nishantha threatening the opposition leader and forcefully grabbing documents from him. The Speaker, in condemning the act of indiscipline, highlighted the severity of the disruption that occurred in the parliamentary session.