Feb 21, Colombo: State Minister of Highways and Road Development Ranjan Ramanayake says a written report detailing the information of the ministers and parliamentarians who use cocaine has been handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
The State Minister he has also verbally informed the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya regarding the list of names of lawmakers and intends to publish the names in the media in near future.
"Today also I met the speaker. The Speaker told me that this is a big problem for the Parliament and as well as for the country's reputation. The UN Human Rights Council meeting is coming in August. We have gained great respect because of the establishment of independent judicial decisions and independent commissions."
The State Minister told local newspaper Lankadeepa that all the Western media reported the news of Sri Lankan lawmakers using cocaine and the Speaker asked him to let it rest for a while. But, he told the Speaker that he revealed the story with all the information he had.
"I have prepared a report with all details and forwarded it to the CID by registered mail. According to that report, there are 24 government ministers and MPs who use cocaine," he said.
"There are five or six ruling party members. No one of the TNA or JVP. The rest are a group of UPFA and SLPP members."
"There are cocaine smugglers among them. There are former cabinet ministers, former state and deputy ministers and monitoring MPs," Ramanayake added.
"The names of all of them are now verbally conveyed to the Speaker. I will refer this to other necessary places without hindering the CID investigations. I will make this list public with all names in the future," he added.