Controversial Secretary of the Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Ministry Nimal Bopage has traveled overseas, disregarding an order issued to him by the Secretary to the President, ordering him not to go abroad.
Bopage who is embroiled in a alleged fraud case amounting to millions, is in Rome to attend a film festival.
Bopage’s request for official leave to attend the film festival wad rejected by President Secretary P B Abeykone as foreign visits by ministry secretaries had been cancelled due to the ongoing budget debate in Parliament. Bopage’s unauthorized departure resulted in the ministry facing a crisis as there had been no acting appointment made prior to the departure of Bopage, it is learnt.
According to sources, Bopage is deliberately avoiding prepatory meetings of the ministry for the budget vote.