Dissident UNP MPs appeal to party
[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 February 2000, 12:00 GMT]
The dissident UNP Members of Parliament have requested UNP that henceforth no member of the Party be the subject of any disciplinary action, whether by way of suspension, expulsion or otherwise except after compliance with the principles of natural justice including the holding of a fair inquiry.
The request was made in a letter addressed to UNP Chairman Karu Jayasuriya and General Secretary Gamini Atukorale.
The letter stated as follows:-
The Supreme Court has held that the party had violated our rights to Natural Justice by expelling us exparte without a hearing. We therefore urge our party which is one of the oldest political parties in Asia committed to democracy and human rights and which already provides in its constitution for a disciplinary committee to uphold the concept of natural Justice, the letter concluded.
Dissident UNP Parliamentarians Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Wijepala Mendis, Susil Moonesinghe, Nantha Mathew and Chula Bandara were the signatories to this communication.
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