Minister of Mass Media Dullas Alahapperuma says he personally believes that former Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake being served two sentences is too harsh a ruling.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet media briefing today, Minister Alahapperuma said while former MP Ramanayake was at fault and was issued a suitable verdict, him being stripped of his Parliamentary seat was a harsh sentence having been elected by the public.
The Minister said this is one of the sternest punishments that an individual can be issued.
However the Minister claimed that the government and politicians do not consider or perceive Ranjan Ramanayake in disdain.
Commenting on an agreement signed with an American company in relation to the Kerawalapitiya Power Plant, Minister Alahapperuma said he cannot take responsibility and comment on the matter, adding that the Minister of Energy will make a statement in this regard in Parliament.
The Minister however stated that according to information received through the Treasury a conceptual agreement has been reached.
He added a discussion over the agreement is due to take place this afternoon between political parties representing the government and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament.
The Minister said he believes a final decision on the matter has not been reached yet adding that many are of the stance that the liquified natural gas should not be provided by one sole foreign firm.