was sacked from Law College
new Minister of Constitutional Affairs, D. E. W. Gunasekera,
while admitting he has no legal background, dodged
confessing that he was sacked from Law College after being
caught trying to cheat at a law exam.
in last week by President Chandrika Kumaratunga as minister
of constitutional affairs, D. E. W. Gunasekera was sacked
from Law College in the early 1970's for attempting to cheat
at a Law College exam.
E. W. Gunasekera
was caught red-handed by attorney-at-law Upali Gooneratne, who was
serving as an invigilator at this exam. Gooneratne who is a past
President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka had grown suspicious
when he had seen Gunasekera repeatedly pulling out a packet of
cigarettes. Confiscating the packet he found a set of law notes
concealed inside. Gooneratne had reported the matter to then
Principal of the Law College, R. K. W. Goonesekera.
E. W. Gunasekera had pleaded with Upali Gooneratne at the time
saying, "please don't report me, after all you are supposed
to be my friend. Also I am secretary to the Ministry of Housing
and if you report this incident I will commit suicide."
had maintained it was against his conscience to hide such an
incident and filed a report on the matter. An inquiry was held and
President's Counsel Desmond Fernando made representations on
behalf of D.E.W. Gunasekera pleading his case.
Gooneratne had said he could not recall if D. E. W. had actually
used the notes on law, but what aroused his suspicion was his
constantly pulling out the packet of cigarettes.
Fernando P.C. said he did make representations at the time on
behalf of D. E. W. Gunasekera but that R. K. W. Goonesekera had
stood firm and insisted D.E.W. Gunasekera must go. "DEW is a
charming man. this is the only blot in his career," Fernando
we spoke with D.E.W. Gunasekera soon after he took oaths as the
new Constitutional Affairs Minister he admitted he has no legal
background and that he is only a 'layman' when it comes to matters
legal. When quizzed whether he had been expelled from Law College
for attempting to cheat at a law exam, Gunasekera replied, "I
cannot remember. I don't know of any such incident. hello. hello,
I cannot quite hear you." he said, before abruptly switching
off his mobile phone.
now, D. E. W. Gunasekera will serve as Constitutional Affairs
Minister while R. K. W. Goonesekera, his former principal, is part
of an advisory committee on constitutional change and the proposed
new constituent assembly. A committee that will liaise closely
with the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs. The wheels of justice
have surely turned.
was also last month the President's nominee for the post of
Speaker, but lost the fiercely contested seat to the main
opposition candidate, W. J. M. Lokubandara.