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Ranawaka was at home; not in vehicle: JHU

7 March 2016 01:06 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today its General Secretary, and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka was not in his vehicle at the time of the Rajagiriya accident.

“Minister Ranawaka was at his official residence at the time of the accident,” Party National Organiser Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said responding to a question at a news conference.

He said certain media institutions and MPs such as JHU breakaway Udaya Gammanpila and Wimal Weerawansa were attempting to tarnish the image of Minister Ranawaka by misusing the incident.

“These are the people who have cases against them at the CID and other courts. But today MP Gammanpila is holding news conferences displaying maps to depict how the incident had occurred. It appears he is the one who seems to be judging the incident today,” he said.   

Meanwhile, Legal consultant of the party, Tudor Perera claimed the two youths who met with the accident, had told the Police in their first statement that Minister was not in the vehicle.

He denied commenting further on the matter saying it was unethical to comment more since the Minister was yet to make a statement to the Police.

“The Police are still probing the accident and if a requirement arises, they will summon the Minister to record a statement,” he said.  (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 14

  • Yana Fernando Monday, 07 March 2016 02:43 PM

    The minister must have been driving his vehicle in reverse! The photos of the vehicle show that the damage is at the rear. These young idiots with more money than brains think that they own our roads. Charge them too for riding illegal bikes on our roads. The young man is fighting for his life through his on stupidity.

    BV Monday, 07 March 2016 02:55 PM

    IT IS AN ACCIDENT NOT A MURDER.HON.CHAMPICA. IS NOT SUCH A COWARD TO HIDE IF HE WAS IN IT. via DM Android App

    AB Monday, 07 March 2016 03:04 PM

    where had u been when 2 university students were killed in previous regime. via DM Android App

    Perumal Monday, 07 March 2016 03:40 PM

    Yes, and check on the history of the so called eye-witnesses too.

    Sena Monday, 07 March 2016 08:43 PM

    Can any of those justify a big yahapalana talker leaving an accident scene when someone is critically injured until chased behind and stopped, and thereafter twisting the story to police and the public?

    onlooker Monday, 07 March 2016 09:08 PM

    The way he has acted in this matter is an insult to the word honorable.

    Liswom Monday, 07 March 2016 09:12 PM

    Grill the eye witnesses. Cannot trust both parties but truth must be brought to light. Not happy with the body language of Jhu spokesman at todays press briefing. via DM Android App

    Aj hewan Monday, 07 March 2016 10:23 PM

    Is he has a image to tarnish haaaa.......haaaaa

    daya weerasinghe Monday, 07 March 2016 10:25 PM

    Heres truth about Sri Lankan politicians,no matter what party they belong to they are all the same crap.Just different names same crap.!

    gayan Monday, 07 March 2016 01:15 PM

    Did a ghost drove the vehicle then?

    iemerald Monday, 07 March 2016 01:18 PM

    MUST HAVE BEEN HIS TWIN.

    Premalal Monday, 07 March 2016 01:37 PM

    Either the minister is lying or the eyewitnesses are lying. The adjudication should be done by the judiciary, especially because a young man is fighting for his life. Show me a honest Sri Lankan politician and I shall make charcoal white.

    ANTON Monday, 07 March 2016 02:05 PM

    WHAT WAS THIS MAN DOING AT RANAWAKAS PLACE, COOKING ? OR WASHING CLOTHES ?

    indi Monday, 07 March 2016 02:08 PM

    Cant say any thing due to the currant political culture in the country. may be may not be. වෙන්නත් පුළුවන් නොවෙන්නත් පුළුවන්. personally believe this is a fabrication to tarnish the name of this minister. This minister may not go out alone due to threats from Opposition. MR Wimal and Gammanpila are likely people who may turn the story around. anyway accident is at the rear side of the Jeep then it is obvious the other vehicle is wrong.


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