Dec 02, Colombo: Former Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party (UNP) has disputed media reports that he had a set of files relating to the transactions of cabinet ministers in the previous government.
Issuing a statement, former Prime Minister's Office said Mr. Wickremesinghe's attention has been drawn to a Sunday Times article on December 1 and an article in Lankadeepa newspaper on December 2, whcih claimed that he had left a set of files containing information on the former cabinet ministers at Temple Trees.
The two reports claimed that the files have been prepared by Mr. Wickremesinghe.
Former Prime Minister's Office said the reports are baseless and false and the former Prime Minister or his staff were not involved preparing any files other than the official documents related to the Prime Minister's official duties.
"This is a baseless, false news. During his tenure, Mr. Wickremesinghe has not been involved in the preparation of files. Only files relevant to the official Prime Minister Post were prepared by the staff of the Prime Minister's Office and Mr. Wickremesinghe's staff," the statement said
All the documents relevant to the Prime Minister's official capacity have been archived properly at the Temple Trees. Prime Minister's Office said.
According to the report in Lankadeepa, the files have been found after the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left the Temple Trees and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa commenced his official duties at Temple Trees recently.
The files, neatly packed, were found by the employees who were cleaning the Temple Trees after the new Prime Minister assumed duties.
The report further said there were files on every former cabinet minister and the files contained information about transactions made by certain ministers, or transactions some ministers directed, got involved, or promoted.
The report citing sources said there is no doubt as to the veracity of the material.
According to another source, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will study these files and verify the accuracy of the information before taking any action, Lankadeepa reported.