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Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 06.52 GMT

Do not promote anti-religious sentiments – President tells media


President Mahinda Rajapaksa asked media not to be associated with instigating anti-religious sentiments but help maintain religious harmony in the country.

Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing editors of electronic and print media at Temple Tress last night said acts aimed at creating religious discord among communities and inciting violence in the country will not be permitted under any circumstance.

Referring to possible amendments to the Constitution, President Rajapaksa said a committee will be appointed to look into the matter. He added that he would inform the Speaker to take the matter forward.

When asked if the impeachment against former Chief Justice caused any damage to the country President said it had actually been a good move for the country.

“I don’t think the impeachment has done any damage to the country. I would say it was something good," President added.

President said though it was political opposition to it, due process had been followed and the impeachment was based on valid grounds, some of which in fact were originally raised by the Opposition and the media and not by the government. “We remain sensitive to pertinent issues raised by the Opposition and the media,” he added.

“Irrespective of shortcomings in the Constitution, the impeachment has to be done via the Parliament which is supreme,” the President said.

He also said that taking follow up action based on the charges framed and proven against the former Chief Justice was the responsibility of relevant agencies and not Parliament. President Rajapaksa said that he referred the address by Parliament for expert opinion from four different professionals of eminence in the field of jurisprudence and banking who had endorsed the Parliamentary Select Committee findings and the procedure adopted.





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