Media Minister Keheliya Rambukkwella, who returned to the country this morning from Melbourne, Australia, is going to sue the hotel he stayed at in Melbourne for the injuries that occurred due to a mishap at the hotel four months ago.
Addressing a press conference in Colombo the Minister said “I am going to take legal action against Hotel Como in Melbourne, where I was injured while staying at the hotel, as the hotel should be held responsible for the accident.”
According to media reports Minister Rambukwella was injured in February this year after he fell from a balcony while trying to alert the hotel staff that he got locked out while on the balcony. The mishap occurred while he was on a private visit to Australia and he was admitted to a hospital in Melbourne where he had to undergo several surgeries. (SAJ)
Comments - 85
Lalith Friday, 25 May 2012 08:26 AM
Aussies wont buy your story
Rajan Friday, 25 May 2012 01:14 PM
This is a stunt, he is trying potray that it was not his fault and he wasnt drunk. Typical Sri Lankan politician.
Ravishan Friday, 25 May 2012 08:29 AM
That was a classic comment
Prasannajit Friday, 25 May 2012 08:30 AM
great joke.Good for the gallery.
Bigsam Friday, 25 May 2012 01:33 PM
That was himself I'm afraid!
Minister Friday, 25 May 2012 08:36 AM
Does that mean more tours to Australia on our account?
chooti Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:30 AM
The Australians should have sent him back to Sri Lanka immediately .
For the type of injury he suffered our veda mahattayas are the best. If the fellow is so patriotic he should have taken the first flight out.
Patients in worse conditions have flown so he cannot say he was not fit to travel.This fellow is a joke . I hope they reject his visa the next time.
It is because of these type of "Moda Yakkas" that others have difficulty in getting their visas.
Minister Friday, 25 May 2012 08:40 AM
Did Australian government or that hotel invite you to visit them?
Minister Friday, 25 May 2012 08:43 AM
First of all please tell us who will bear expenses for your legal matters in Australia?
ss Friday, 25 May 2012 08:43 AM
should have done then and there. >>>>
Ken Friday, 25 May 2012 08:45 AM
Who will pay the lawyers bill...??
Sri Lankan Friday, 25 May 2012 08:49 AM
Yes. The hotel will come out with their version of the events to defend themselves.
Latha Friday, 25 May 2012 08:51 AM
Did you make a Police entry ?
justthinking Friday, 25 May 2012 09:02 AM
One does not know how he was locked out while in the balcony. and he tried to climb down to the next floor?
Nan Friday, 25 May 2012 09:08 AM
Ladies and gentlemen...The media minister of sri lanka!
Katha Friday, 25 May 2012 09:10 AM
Why did you lean onto the guard rails in the balcony? This is what you said in Australia.
buffaloa citizen Friday, 25 May 2012 09:11 AM
Yeah and get caught in the breathalyzer test.
Prasad Vithanatchi Friday, 25 May 2012 09:11 AM
Wonder why he did not do it while in Melb? This is only for local consumption to pull the wool over the eyes of the locals, to tell us in other words, "I'm innocent and did nothing naughty"
jaya Friday, 25 May 2012 02:30 PM
niyaz Friday, 25 May 2012 02:41 PM
I think there is a juicier tale than locking himself out on the balcony. Lets wait and see. This is the first time I have heard of anyone getting locked out on a balcony. Hmmm???
Game Kolla Friday, 25 May 2012 09:15 AM
To claim from the hotel is your private matter. Why do you make big noise about it..furthermore why did you call for a press conference to talk about your private matters?
dpl Friday, 25 May 2012 02:43 PM
the most discrased person in srilankan. you JUMPED after hevey drung, for what????????
Yohan Perera Friday, 25 May 2012 02:56 PM
Politicians and their crap...
Peoples Friday, 25 May 2012 03:23 PM
We have to look after our intelligent, selfless politicians.
So lest rally behind Keheliya, and make the hotel pay for locking the balcony door.
SilverHawk Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:35 AM
There are no good lawyers in Australia, So he wants to hire talented SL lawyers to do the job for free. He can utilize tax payers money if he sues from SL.
Modaya Friday, 25 May 2012 09:28 AM
When stay in high class hotels you should also know that those hotels use high level security systems with swipe card door openings etc. you went to the balcony without the swipe card and lock yourself out. You can't blame the hotel
justin Friday, 25 May 2012 03:49 PM
Now that this story is published in the media, Australia should follow up and investigate the true reason for his fall. He is stupid to have come out with a claim as this will lead to his being proved a REAL LIAR.
Gonharaka Friday, 25 May 2012 09:26 AM
Why didnt he sue the Hotel when he was there? very strange.
DON HUS Friday, 25 May 2012 09:40 AM
funny fellow :D
senarath Friday, 25 May 2012 09:40 AM
Why media conference for private things; this not an official tour. Who cares?
Ruhunu Kolla Friday, 25 May 2012 05:34 PM
Strauss-Kahn of Miracle Of Asia?
anil Friday, 25 May 2012 05:59 PM
he will never sue ! i am 100% sure ! this comment only to cover up his shame !
Nodrog Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:03 AM
Yes, can't wait to read their version of what happened. Surely Keheliya will be advised not to proceed or end up with egg on his face in addition to injuries already suffered.
sam Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:03 AM
May be he was practicing for the new "Spiderman" movie .........and failed.
Citizen Friday, 25 May 2012 10:01 AM
Spiderman lost control
Bill C Friday, 25 May 2012 10:00 AM
Who was staying next door ?
buffaloa citizen Friday, 25 May 2012 10:00 AM
Because he knows the public know the truth.
nandana Friday, 25 May 2012 08:16 PM
why this mee haraka could not brake his neck?
250 Aus Dollars per night from poor Srilankan's tax money !!!!!!!
Another Melbourne me Saturday, 26 May 2012 11:05 PM
The issue might settle before it goes to court just as 90% of the matter that are litigated. So unless u r the lawyers the truth will never be public. From the rumors I have heard the guy was drunk to the max.
All these politicians in SriLanka are not clean.
They take their bribes and mix with the scum. Unlike Australia there are no integrity checks on them and they rule the roost. They are thick skinned rogues of the highest category bullying the ignorant people of Sri Lanka .
dilan Pathi Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:16 AM
No one is to be blamed for your intoxicated foolishness.
manuleka Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:22 AM
A Dual citizen, the last of its kind.
Nishantha Rajapaksa Friday, 25 May 2012 10:29 AM
I think it was like a "Mal Kadana" scene...
truth Friday, 25 May 2012 11:33 PM
he has already started and filed action in australia.. talk only if u know the real facts..
shran Dissanayake Friday, 25 May 2012 11:40 PM
Why make hotel the scapegoat? Always used the back door and this time overstepped? should have had the mistress in his bedroom
Melbourne truth Saturday, 26 May 2012 12:14 AM
Kehiliya you were a utter disgrace to the Sri Lankan people. Are you so stupid to jump from a balcony and try sue the hotel.we all know what you were up to and who locked you out side.do you know the duty manager at that hotel was a sri lankan?,In the CCTV cameras there is evidence who came and who went out at that time.Dont try to deceive Lankan public by giving false info on press conferences on lanks tax payers money.. You are an idiot.YOur private fun is different do not get sril lanka in to disrepute.
david strange Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:47 AM
Why didnt you initiate legal proceedings whilst you were in Australia Mr.R... And did your private insurance pay your medical bills or the Australian taxpayer?
Ranjit Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:50 AM
Why the delay?
chris Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:57 AM
There wud have been an investigation and also coverage by the australian authorities and press....strangely non of these reported by our subservient media..
Simple Silva Saturday, 26 May 2012 02:11 AM
Hot Ails are like that. Why not stay in a Rest House or Guest house, where guests are allowed to rest in peace.
garawi Saturday, 26 May 2012 02:30 AM
This is a joke ! If you are drunk and do not know where you go why should the hotel take responsibilty?
Political Illiterate Saturday, 26 May 2012 02:29 AM
all the hotels down hikkaduwa hippie town are scheduled to have phones with voice activation on their balconies soon to demonstrate australia should follow soon!
Political Illiterate Saturday, 26 May 2012 02:35 AM
No. I do not think this happenned that way. Not alcohol. Not the minister. He has been always exercised self control.
buffaloa citizen Friday, 25 May 2012 11:24 AM
No fools to listen to this crap there.
Dee Friday, 25 May 2012 11:33 AM
Sue ! or is it Suzie?
Conty Sunday, 27 May 2012 07:18 AM
Waiting for another trip of course.
Conty Sunday, 27 May 2012 07:22 AM
Who was he with????? did he/she not like his company that he got locked out??????
Manik Friday, 25 May 2012 11:39 AM
Are you SURE?
Manik Friday, 25 May 2012 11:42 AM
May be it is tit for tat. Fired Aussie Cricket coach is suing Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Minister is suing Aussie.A Laurel and Hardy show!!!
Conty Sunday, 27 May 2012 07:27 AM
And that is?? Be careful you might be a star witness to this strange case.
Conty Sunday, 27 May 2012 07:29 AM
This happens automatically when someone is injured on private property. Better system in Australia!!!!!
Conty Sunday, 27 May 2012 07:36 AM
This is garbage reporting. Jurnos have no other printable news to give besides jurnos must be on the good sides of the influential people aney!!
Conty Sunday, 27 May 2012 07:41 AM
Come on don't ask silly questions balconies are not connected, may be he tried the ironing board across the two balconies to cross when he fell off!!!!!!!!
ana Friday, 25 May 2012 07:38 AM
For not providing adequet security measures?
Conty Sunday, 27 May 2012 07:42 AM
Or for defaming the hotel
Kaslana Friday, 25 May 2012 12:03 PM
Seems the "Greese Yakka" training was a failure!!!
Imran Hussein Friday, 25 May 2012 07:40 AM
How the Hotel can be responsible when someone jump over the balcony.
roshan Friday, 25 May 2012 07:39 AM
go ahead and do it and the truth will come out
lankashantha Friday, 25 May 2012 07:43 AM
Oh it took 4 months and has to be in Sri Lanka to do so?
Sam Friday, 25 May 2012 12:11 PM
Very funny indeed!! The Hotel might sue him, for being careless.
Hettiarachchi Friday, 25 May 2012 07:42 AM
If it is the fault of the hotel, there should other people also falling from the balcony
simple mind Friday, 25 May 2012 07:43 AM
Why did he have to wait all this while to sue the hotel. He could have easily done while he was obtaining treatment over there.
Ravi Friday, 25 May 2012 12:17 PM
Who is going to pay for that? Here in SL, you an me will pay for it!
Isha Friday, 25 May 2012 12:17 PM
somapal Friday, 25 May 2012 07:51 AM
He should sue the person who locked him in the balcony.
Ravi Friday, 25 May 2012 12:19 PM
There no he has pay from his own pocket. Here in SL, you an me will pay his bill!
Ram Perera Friday, 25 May 2012 12:21 PM
I heard that he was drunk and came to the balcony for a smoke. The door closed and he had attempted to get in from the adjoining apartment. When attempting to cross the balconies he fell. He is trying to save his pride by saying that he is going to sue the hotel. DM please remember to ask him after 1 year for the progress of the case. Ram
Rangan Friday, 25 May 2012 12:19 PM
Yes, if you are full of Australian wine, you jumped on to the bed and not on to the balcony.
Maybe he mistook balcony for the bed.
akon Friday, 25 May 2012 08:02 AM
The honurable Minister will pay the legal fees from his fund but not from the ministry budget
indi Friday, 25 May 2012 08:03 AM
Any one believe this story. How the accident happened?
Guru Friday, 25 May 2012 08:08 AM
Everyone knows the true story.
chacha Friday, 25 May 2012 08:07 AM
karma catching up
TR Friday, 25 May 2012 08:16 AM
Why are you telling this after returning back to SL ? , in fact , should have told it while you were in Aussi
mitin Friday, 25 May 2012 08:15 AM
he's suing the hotel for not having a telephone in the balcony??? which hotel has a phone in the balcony???
Dass Friday, 25 May 2012 12:52 PM
good job.... balcony
Tharaka Chanaka Friday, 25 May 2012 08:22 AM
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