SUNIL HANDUNNETTI RE-APPOINTED AS COPE CHAIRMAN

SUNIL HANDUNNETTI RE-APPOINTED AS COPE CHAIRMAN

JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti was re-appointed the Chairman of Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) for the fourth  time .

The other 15 members of the COPE include Anura Priyadarshana Yapa,Susil Premjayanth, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Jayantha Samaraweera, Mohan Priyadarshana,Ravuf Hakeem,Wijedasa Rajapaksha, Dr.Harsha de silva, Ajith P Perera, Shriyani Wijewickrma, Ranjan Ramanayake, Ashok Abesinghe, D V Chanaka, Mawei Senashiraja.

Handunnetti was first appointed as the COPE Chairman in 2015 was re-appointed in April 2017. Impartial investigations by the Parliamentary watchdog committee under his leadership earned admiration by both the Government and Opposition MPs.

The MP, observing that the Bribery Commission conducted an investigation into the Bond scam parallel to the COPE, questioned its outcome. He said that some officers who gave evidence before the COPE said that they gave extensive details related to the Bond scam to the Bribery Commission.

Recently Mr Handunnetti has openly called for swift action to be taken where there is apparently enough material to go to Court instead of getting bogged down in various further commissions and investigations.