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Presidential committee admits it was unconstitutional

By Skandha Gunasekara
Members of the Presidential Committee appointed to probe the 21/4 attacks admits before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that the Presidential Committee had not been constituted under any existing laws.
When PSC member MP M A Sumanthiran questioned as to which law the Presidential Commission was appointed under, the witnesses revealed that it was not set up under any existing laws.
“Our Committee was not appointed under any existing laws,” Presidential Committee member Supreme Court Judge Vijith Malalgoda said.
However, Malalgoda went on to say that the urgency and importance of the situation had compelled him to take up the task.
“Initially I was not willing to participate in the Committee . But then Mr Illangkoon pointed that this was of national importance and the fact that the Committee was appointed a day after the attack, I saw the urgency of it. So we went ahead with activities the Committee was takes with” Vijith Malalgoda said.
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