Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) sessions on Tuesday turned stormy once more, leading to a serious exchange of words between Minister Dilan Perera who was chairing the meeting and Development Lotteries Board Chairman, Sarana Gunawardene, The Nation learns.
Inside sources told The Nation that the fireworks started after Gunawardene refused to furnish certain details the COPE required, when the DLB matter came up for discussion and inquiry.
Perera then informed Gunawardene that he needed to be better versed with the mandate of COPE, adding that there was no provision for public officials to refuse to provide required details about public institutions.
Perera also took issue with the fact that there was no Finance Ministry official present at the COPE meeting, since such a presence is required at every meeting, ex officio.
Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa was also present at Tuesday`s meeting, but is reported to have left the session halfway through.