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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2252

Row Over Nomination Of C.M.M. Ismile Getting Hotter And Hotter

Colombo, 11 June, (Asiantribune.com):

It is all over again on the second day in a row about the allegations about nominated C.M.M. Ismile, as a national list Member of Parliament, filling the vacancy of M.H.M. Navavi who recently stepped down.

The Minister of Higher Education & Cultural Affairs Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told the Parliament that Ismile, who was the former Vice Chancellor of the South Eastern University, is facing a long list of charges which are currently being investigated by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

"Daily Mirror" in its 09 June online edition came screaming with a headline, “Charge-sheet served on Ismail: Wijeyadasa”

Again "Daily News" came up with a headline “Shocked to see charge sheeted VC appointed as MP – Minister”

Unfortunately, so far there was no response forthcoming from anyone defending the appointment of C.M.M. Ismile as a national list Member of Parliament.

According to news report, the appointment was done on the recommendation of Mnister Rishad Bathiyutheen, Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress, the United National Party has nominated C.M.M. Ismile as a national list Member of Parliament, filling the vacancy of M.H.M. Navavi who recently stepped down.

On 8th June Seeni Mohamed Ismail was sworn in before Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as a parliamentarian of the UNF government. He filled the seat which fell vacant following the resignation of M.H.M Navavi of the SLMC.

It is learnt that Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen, who is the leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress made the nomination with the view to have a foothold for his Party in the Amparai District.

However, disapproving the new MP’s appointment, the Minister of Higher Education & Cultural Affairs Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told the Parliament that Ismile, who was the former Vice Chancellor of the South Eastern University, is facing a long list of charges which are currently being investigated by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

He has levelled many serious charges against him. Even COPE had received a host of complaints that he was maintaining his home expenses, including water bills and electricity bills, with university funds.

“His charge sheet is very long, and COPE has recommended that he be investigated, which is currently being done by the UGC. But shockingly, he has taken oath in Parliament as an MP,” said Dr. Rajapakshe.

“In fact, some female students have complained to us that a lecturer named S.M. Alif is demanding sexual favors from the female students and if they don’t comply, they would not be passed. We have received many complaints about him,” added the Minister.

Rajapaksa said that the Former Vice Chancellor was alleged to have misused funds allocated to the South Eastern University for maintaining his private residence and also paid his electricity and water bills using university funds.

"These facts were revealed before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE). I think former members of the COPE can recall it. The COPE has given instructions to conduct an investigation into the alleged misuse of the university funds. Accordingly, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is carrying out an investigation.

"It is this same person who took oaths before the Speaker this morning (08 June). I was astonished to see that.

I do not have a personal problem with him. This is not a matter of a party. This is the situation of this country right now. This has to be changed."

Anyhow, in the meantime, newly sworn-in Member of Parliament, Dr. S. M. Ismail vowed to respond to the accusations levelled against him by Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe on Friday, when he makes his maiden speech in Parliament soon.

Before entering politics through the All Ceylon Makkal Congress led by Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen, Prof. Ismail had served as the Vice Chancellor of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka (SEUSL) for six years from 2009.

“I have not received any charge sheet, it is still an allegation. But I will reply in a professional manner when I deliver my first speech in Parliament soon,” said Ismail.

- Asian Tribune -

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