Oct 25, Colombo: Director of State Intelligence Service, Major General Suresh Sallay today (25) lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) against leading Catholic priest, Reverend Father Cyril Gamini over a number of malicious allegations purportedly made by the priest and others in connection with the Easter Sunday attack in 2019.
Father Cyril Gamini participating in a forum through Zoom on 23 October 2021 regarding the Easter Sunday attack has reportedly alleged that the Sri Lankan intelligence units had provided financial and other vital assistance to the leader of the National Thowheed Jamath, Saharan Hashim, who led the suicide attacks on Easter Sunday in 2019.
The Catholic Priest has said that Major General Sallay, who was a Brigadier at the time, played an active role in nurturing Saharan and his followers.
Rejecting the allegations made by Fr. Cyril Gamini and others, Major General Sallay has stated that all the allegations made with the intention of discrediting him are completely false.
He further stated that the purpose of all these allegations was not only to mislead the public but also to deliberately damage his reputation and endanger his life as well as the lives of his family members.
He added that such false allegations would do irreparable damage to the intelligence services as well as to the intelligence officers who play a significant role in ensuring national security.
In his complaint, Major General Sallay reiterated that under no circumstances did he ever communicate with Saharan Hashim or his followers in any way.
Therefore, in his complaint, Major General Sallay has requested the CID to take appropriate legal action against Fr. Cyril Gamini and others who participated in the discussion.
It is reported that further legal action in this regard is already underway.