Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera today in response to a question -- asked by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as to whether the government was happy now that his son Namal had been arrested on charges of misappropriation -- said, "Yes of course we are happy because it clearly shows that the law of the country prevails and that the law takes its course."
He told today’s weekly cabinet news briefing that there was prima facie evidence against Mr. Rajapaksa on three counts -- the misappropriation of funds, money laundering and cheating.
"It is true that it was not the ‘Krrish Group’ the Indian real estate developer in Colombo who made the complaint with regard to its payment of Rs.70 million to Namal but the president of the JVP-affiliated ‘Voice Against Corruption’ President Wasantha Samarasinghe. It is the right thing to do in the public interest where any citizen has a right to complain to the law enforcement authorities against any kind of crime committed by whoever the person is,” the deputy minister said.
He said that though there was no complaint by the Krrish Group, it fully cooperated with the FCID inquiry and five witnesses -- former associates of Mr. Rajapaksa had given extremely incriminating evidence against him on the fraudulent transaction. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
Comments - 12
Sincere Thursday, 14 July 2016 12:06 PM
People asked this question from MR when SF was sent to jail, Shirani Bandaranayake was removed over night etc etc. Now its MR's turn to ask the same question!
yanthrawadu Thursday, 14 July 2016 02:30 PM
Nobody is happy that a young man has been arrested. We are sad for his parents, and sad for his friends In the end,the courts will dispense justice and punishment to wrong-doers.
neville Thursday, 14 July 2016 02:39 PM
When will the current government ministers who switched the sides to avoid jail will listen to FCID requests!
usaguy Thursday, 14 July 2016 02:47 PM
you are happy but not the people. we will be happy when these morons are convicted and put behind bars. via DM Android App
usuf Thursday, 14 July 2016 03:02 PM
let us avoid making any comment & await d impartial decision of our Courts. via DM Android App
M.O.Daya Thursday, 14 July 2016 03:04 PM
But is not the Krish group also guilty? Taking or even giving a bribe is a crime, no?
waco Thursday, 14 July 2016 03:14 PM
All are playing a big game.
nazeer reyal Thursday, 14 July 2016 04:43 PM
Mockery of law is very much better than law of the jungle during your time
NAK Thursday, 14 July 2016 05:28 PM
What goes around comes around Mr.Minister!!!
TONY Wednesday, 13 July 2016 05:26 PM
PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR THE VERDICT BY THE COURT
Manel Wednesday, 13 July 2016 05:37 PM
Mr. Perera you are 200% correct.
Bala Wednesday, 13 July 2016 05:44 PM
Good comment and explanation. This is the way to answer those who try to twist and draw the public astray instead of saying they are guilty,
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