By Yohan Perera
Former Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam yesterday was responding to Director General, Department of Archaeology Prof. Senarath Dissanayake that he inflicted undue influence on the former to demolish the Assembly hall of King Buwanekabahu in Kurunegala to construct a hotel and said the latter should prove it before end of elections.
Mr. Kariyawasam told at a press conference that Director General Archaeology Department should put out the audio clip which he claims to be holding.
“I would like to request the Director General to put out the audio clip and prove his allegation before the general election” Mr Kariyawasam said.
“ If I was keen to get the clearance for the hotel, I would have got it done during the time when Prof. Mandawala was holding the post of Director General Archaeology Department. Also it was not me who had interdicted Dr. Dissanayake, as an action was taken against him by the Public Service Commission” he added.
Mr. Kariyawasam said he intends to take legal action against the Director General for making false allegations. “It is because of some corrupt officers, valuable artefacts are being destroyed,” Mr. Kariyawasam added.