Delivering a special statement at UNP headquarters Sirikotha this morning, the Premier said that D.E.W. Gunasekera has thus violated parliamentary privileges.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that a document was submitted by the committee, and it was not accepted, therefore, it cannot be considered as the COPE committee report.
He also stated that he has informed the Speaker and Secretary General of the Parliament in writing, regarding the matter, adding that those who were involved in the media report as well as D.E.W. Gunasekara have breached the Parliamentary Privilege Act.
The Premier also challenged the Chairman of the committee for a public debate, regarding the matter.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe further stated he would appoint a Select Committee to probe into the Central Bank Treasury bond issue in the next parliament.
In addition, this committee would include the current members of the COPE committee as well as representatives from respective political parties.
Several MPs who had been appointed to this COPE sub-committee were also present at this event.
One of the committee members and Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne stated that the COPE committee cannot release such an interim report while the probe is currently underway.
He also stated that when the committee is investigating several institutes, they can release an interim report regarding the institutes which they have completed probing.
However, with regard to this matter, the committee cannot release an interim report, as its probing only a single institute.