These sources claimed that this decision was taken at a meeting convened at Temple Trees yesterday (30) under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
It is reported that this decision was taken based on the recommendations of the three member commission appointed by the party to study the bond report with regard to the Central Bank Treasury bond issue.
This committee is said to have recommended that Ravi Karunanayake be removed from the post of Deputy Leader of the UNP and he be omitted from all national level activities of the party temporarily until the bond investigations conclude.
The Chairman of the Committee, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapone had handed over the committee report to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The committee headed by Tilak Marapone had been appointed to look into whether any UNP ministers or MPs were involved in the Treasury bond issue and the complete report in this regard was handed over to the Prime Minister on January 29 at the United National Front party leaders meeting held at the Parliament complex.
According to information sources, the senior UNPers had viewed the report recommendations with great interest and their unanimous decision was to implement its recommendations without delay.
Therefore, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had summoned Ravi Karunanayake to Temple Trees at 09.00 this morning to get him to agree to this decision.