Former ITAK MP M.K. Eelaventhan yesterday said
that the ongoing CID investigation would prove he lost his
National List seat as a result of an over-three month long
absence from parliament due to no fault of his own.
The CID recorded Eelaventhan’s statement at his
Madiwela residence last Thursday.
He was removed from Parliament on November 21,
2007 for being continuously absent from sittings for a three
month period without a formal resolution granting leave. The
ITAK filled his vacancy with Razeen Mohammed Imam on January 18.
In an interview with The Sunday Island, the
ex-MP said that the CID should interview Secretary General of
Parliament Mrs. Priyani Wijesekera, Batticaloa District MP T.
Kanagasabai and the parliamentary official who may have
unwittingly misled Kangasabai when he (the Batticaloa District
MP) on Eelaventhan’s behalf applied for leave.
Eelaventhan told the CID that the official
assured Kanagasabai that there was no need for the National List
MP to seek leave as he had been present in Parliament on October
10, 2007. The CID was told that the official had marked
Eelaventhan present while marking M.K. Sivajiilingam, (Jaffna
District) MP absent.
Eelaventhan acknowledged that this was most
probably due to his initials and that of Sivajiilingam both
being M.K. "People make mistakes. But why should I suffer for
another’s blunder. That wouldn’t be fair," he said, expressing
the belief that the CID investigation would clear him.
According to him, the file would go to the
Attorney General. This was an unprecedented case, he said,
asserting that his party would have no option but to reinstate
him. But he acknowledged that would be a knotty problem as
already his vacancy had been filled.
He said that Mrs. Wijesekera told him that the
fault was theirs (read as parliamentary official) and that the
ITAK could re-appoint him.
He said that the ITAK was in a mighty hurry to
fill his vacancy. According to him, his vacancy was filled with
weeks while the National List vacancy caused by the
assassination of Joseph Pararajasingham, assassinated on
December 25 2005, was filled only on September 11, 2006.
For almost a year the party kept that vacancy
open but in this case they acted swiftly. "Draw your own
conclusions," he said.
He said that the majority of the 22-member
parliamentary group wanted him reinstated but three colleagues
opted to end his parliamentary career.
"They should be ashamed for what they did to
me,’’ he said. ``Knowing what had happened, they decided to
They claimed that the wanted to bring in a
Muslim to emphasize unity between the two communities, he said.
But then they could have easily filled Pararajasingham’s vacancy
with a Muslim.
"Or may be the need to improve relations with
Muslims came up recently and there too they saw an opportunity
to get rid of me," he said complaining that the Tamil press
didn’t take up his issue.