Sept 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka government sources say that an investigation against the Minister of Public Relations Mervyn Silva is likely to commence over an old wrongdoing by the Minister.
The minister is to be probed over his action of tying a Samurdhi officer to a tree in 2010 as a punishment for the official's failure to support the government's dengue prevention programme.
Silva was a deputy minister when the offense was committed.
The Muslim poverty alleviation officer who faced the shameful fate has left the country now. He recently described his ordeal to the Ceylon Today newspaper from a foreign country.
He said that the Minister called him after the incident to his office and the Minister's officials threatened him to act as they wanted. He said in a television interview that he volunteered to get him tied to a tree.
The probe regarding the incident that took place on August 03, 2010 was reportedly swept under the carpet. However, the government sources say that the government hierarchy is under pressure from the same party officials to act against the Minister since the truth has been revealed.