Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake made potentially tangible revelations in Parliament yesterday regarding the controversial Avant Garde case, in the course of which he mentioned the names of several powerful ministers in the government.
Dissanayake mentioned the names of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister Thilak Marapana, and Minister Vajira Abeywardena together with the name of Thiru Nadesan and the President’s Secretary.
Dissanayake said, Maithripala Sirisena subsequent to being sworn in as President on 9 January met the owner of Avant Garde Nissanka Senadhipathi on the 10, and it was Vajira Abeywardena, who is a minister today, who arranged the meeting. He challenged Vajira Abeywardena to get up from his seat and say that it was not he, who made the introduction.
While Dissanayake made this comment, Minister Abeywardena who was seated in a second row seat made no comment and remained silent.
Dissanayake referred to Minister Mangala Samarawera’s ‘Black Book’ that was published during the Presidential Election campaign and said, the first name mentioned in that book was that of the present Secretary to the President and requested that the book be tabled in Parliament.
Dissanayake reminded Parliament of a statement Sajin de Vass Gunawardena made as a witness of the government, and asked the government to reveal the case in which Sajin will be a witness for the government. He added that a deal was made while Sajin was in prison, adding that he was provided with MSD security when he was released. Dissanayake asked why such protection was given to Sajin and from whom he needed to be protected.
He said the minister in charge of the Police is here. Dissanayake told Minister Thilak Marapana to give his portfolio to a child.
Dissanayake also said, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who spoke of political partners and deal makers, went to Temple Trees on the morning after the Presidential Election with Thiru Nadesan who was a deal maker himself.
(Source: Ceylon Today – By Daya Perera & J.T. De Silva)