Nov 14, Colombo: Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka has categorically denied allegation that he met with the former president's Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath, who is accused of misappropriating Rs. 4 billion of state funds during the previous regime.
The allegation have been made by a section of media, including some online publications and social media pages, which have published news items indicating that Senarath had a secret meeting with the Minister, the Government Information Department said.
"This is a baseless and malicious allegation," making a statement to explain his position, Minister Ratnayaka said. The Minister added that he has "no reason to meet a suspect in a corruption case which involves billions of public money and nothing to gain by holding a meeting with a person of that caliber."
"Therefore, I categorically deny this malicious allegation with the contempt it deserves. I am of the firm belief that a handful of bankrupt political elements with hidden agendas are behind this propaganda campaign," the Minister said.