Ministry of Justice and Buddha Sasana said today it was not Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe who was reported to have been ‘strongly’ advised by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the Avant-Garde controversy as reported by some media organisations.
It said Minister Rajapakshe was away from the country from November 13 to participate in the ceremony of bringing back the sacred relic casket to Sri Lanka from Thailand.
It was reported that a senior Cabinet minister was ‘strongly’ advised by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe not to engage with any parties on the Avant-Garde controversy in the future.
The ministry said Minister Rajapakshe who arrived in the country with Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea Nagam was exprected to visit the Temple of the Tooth and meet the Malwathu and Asgiri prelates last evening. (Ajith Siriwardana)