Feb 08, Colombo: Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera has requested the Inspector General of Police to conduct a broad investigation into the allegations that a coordinating secretary of the minister is among the people who have been arrested along with underworld leader Makandure Madush in Dubai.
Minister Samaraweera in a letter to the IGP said that several social and private media reports have published that a media secretary of the Minister was among the 24 people arrested along with Makandure Madush in Dubai this week and the suspect has been given a diplomatic passport by the Minister.
The arrest of leading criminal Makandure Madush and several others inducing a singer and an actor, grabbed the headlines in the country.
The Minister emphasized that the opposition parties and certain media are trying to sling mud at him.
In his letter to the IGP, the Minister pointed out that at a media briefing on Wednesday (06) he emphasized that these media reports are totally baseless. Despite the denial, several people's representatives however, had expressed their views regarding the matter.
The Minister also pointed out that there was broad publicity to the allegations through the private media.
MP Thenuka Vidanagamage has said that the person, who is in possession of a diplomatic passport and arrested with underworld leader Madush in Dubai, is a secretary of Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
Also, MP Dilan Perera a media briefing has said that the issuing of the diplomatic passport was done through a secretary who was with the Minister of Finance. Also Perera had told the media that the people who run the drug smuggling racket are in the minister's lap.
Minister Samaraweera in his letter further said that the purpose of those allegations is to bring disrepute to his Parliamentary career which spans more than 30 years and to save those who are actually connected with drug trafficking in the country.
Minister Mangala Samaraweera has further requested the IGP to expedite investigations into these reports and to reveal the truth to the country and the public.
In this letter, the Minister has specifically requested the IGP to investigate who were the politicians who have relations with Makandure Madush and taken him to the airport and helped him to flee the country.
The Minister has also requested the IGP to take necessary steps to obtain the relevant information from the persons responsible for making such statements to media and from the personnel of media institutions responsible for reporting the false claims.
The letter further stated that legal action is being taken against those who have made these allegations and media institutions that are responsible for reporting them.