17 November, 2019

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Did Fonseka Bribe Gota To Become The Army Commander?

Doubts have been raised over a donation made by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka for Mahinda Rajapaksas 2005 election campaign, as the funding had been done while he was serving as a state official in the Sri Lanka Army.

Fonseka and GotaDuring an interview in the ITN, the Democratic Party leader in response to a question admitted that he donated Rs. 600,000 for the election campaign of Mahinda Rajapaksa upon the request of Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

“I was the second in command then, in the Sri Lanka Army. Gotabaya came to my residence, which was located within the premises of the Army headquarters and requested a donation for his brother’s election campaign. He even wept, stuttered and said they are extremely short of cash to run the election campaign. So although I did not have the financial capacity to make a significant contribution, I gave Rs. 600,000 that was in my current account and he promised to return it but never did,” Fonseka said.

He also states that although he was quite friendly with Mahinda Rajapaksa, he was not familiar with Gotabaya back then except on a professional level.

“He joined the Army later than me and I knew him as a Lieutenant Colonel that was junior to me. Once in 2001, I met him in the US at the house of an ex-serviceman on Christmas eve but he was very different then – quite feeble and weak,” Fonseka said.

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    They are both in it together, and now now falling out spilling the beans – war criminals, and genocidaires, responsible for the killing of hundred and fifty thousand innocent Tamil men, women and children in the final stages of the war.

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      This guys counting gets worse by the day; seems that he is suffering from dyslexia.

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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        kolla

        British council runs English classes.

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          He is a patriot. Kolla does follow his leader Modawansa every step of the way, hence needs no English! ape rata hela rata…

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            rohan, get lost you NGO puppet

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              Ela kolla is siamese brother of Buruwanase.: Always feeling that entire world is against us the tiny nation – Kumandthrana… ballige puthas will never learn them either. TOday, with all the evidence becoming clear, Buruwanse is painting an another picture as if he feel that entire current regime is aggainst the bugger et al. Those who gathered there too … supported him telling that his crying daughter should be strong as father… what kind of strength people are refering here – may be drolling over his kind of sinhala terms animating the masses. That is right… Ane habatama mehemath nataka.

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      Thiru – Irrational Racist
      Which school thought you maths – idiot were you scouting the entire war zone counting each and every tamilians dead due to SL Army shooting – Can you publish the names and other personnel details of these so called 150,000 thousand dead – may be you can submit autopsy repost also so that they can easily determine whether the death of these victims were due to LTTE bullets or SL Army bullets

      Think before you talk – Though you are a donkey until you keep your mouth shut other will not know that you are a donkey

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        Rabook ,

        Yes Thiru has been a racist and he will remain as one , beside his rhetoric , there is some element of truth in there his comment though , sure we don’t who kill the Tamil Civilians but definitely there was a huge massacre, don’t you like to know the truth ?

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          Sorry , there were some typos

          Yes Thiru has been a racist and he will remain as one , beside his rhetoric , there is some element of truth in his comment though , sure we don’t know who killed the Tamil Civilians but definitely there was a huge massacre, don’t you like to know the truth ?

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      A simple question Thiru, where are the 150,000 bodies?

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        Taraki

        “A simple question Thiru, where are the 150,000 bodies?”

        This is simply brilliant, a very good question.

        If you are really interested you should be asking Fonseka, Gota, Svendra de Silva, Jagath Dias, …………

        Was Thiru serving in the battlefield? If he was he should respond to your clever question.

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      Don’t talk about the Rowdy Goat and the so called Ex General. Both from the same pod. Not much education
      and useless.
      One was in the government and the other is in the government now. Wings appeared to be clipped from both.
      Nothing interesting to talk about.

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    MARA and GOTA doesn’t deal in lakhs and millions now but only in billions.

    What a difference from 2005 to 2015!!!!

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    A serving army official laying his hands on a large sum to make a political donation to a Party that later promotes him – over others more suitable. In the background of the many charges that top men in the army were making millions in highly inflated arms purchases and prolonging the war, this gives a further indication of the stunning decline of the country’s limbs of governance in recent times.

    Backlash

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      why talk rubbish. GSF was the Chief of Staff at that time and NEXT appointment should have been the Army Commander. Even I contributed for MR in 2005 as they were running to save the division of the country. RW was heavily under LTTE and wanted to give self rule to LTTE if he won the Presidency. Every patriot at that time gave as a donation to MR for him to win the election.

      But his change was due to his greediness after KP surrendered to get his. Freedom for money.

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        Hi upasiri de Silva so you admit that you too funded the criminal!

        “Even I contributed for MR in 2005 as they were running to save the division of the country. RW was heavily under LTTE and wanted to give self rule to LTTE if he won the Presidency”. RW was a cunning beast like his uncle JR, Do you know that when he was the PM signed the CFA, soon after that he flew to see uncle Sam to create a security zone round the Island. Uncle Sam not only obliged, he was able to get India to do the same. The he broke up col Karuna Amman from LTTE with RAW’s Help. He RW is the one who screwed up the peace talks by USA the co-chair to host one round in 2003 so that LTTE would not be able to participate, In your terms RW was more of a blind patriot than MR. MR paid the Tsunami funds to Preba asking him to prevent the Tamils voting. Do you now see the plot?

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    Interesting,, then how come MaRa was to bribe LTTE through Tiran Alles for a whopping 200M back in 2005?

    All these bastards have to be sent to gallows for the crimes they have done for the society, its hard to find any difference of thes Gota or SF or the Sun Goat?

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      Wow Matilda, when you start swearing the politicians really know they are in trouble!

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      Mati-Elda Ela-Polla

      DO not stop the list my dear!!!!!!! keep going

      SivagiLingom, Sumponthom, Suminthorm, Susithran, all TNA goons, KP (Kissippu Papa, Die-Ass-Poo-ra idiots the list goes on…………..

      They all contributed to that futile war. They all are responsible and time to line them up right in the front to Hague before others.

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      Matilda, my dear.

      Pls allow me to correct you. The amount – as I heard from more than one source – is a billion – with the intermediaries (Alles and EmilKanthan) taking Rs.200 million as Service Charges. The late Agnidevan does not get involved in peanuts – like Rs.200 million. If you have a line to Mangala of Innocent fame – do check up.

      Good-day

      Kettikaran

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      Matilda Ellepola

      “Interesting,, then how come MaRa was to bribe LTTE through Tiran Alles for a whopping 200M back in 2005?”

      According to my Elders, our neighbor Mahinda’s big sister provided the funds to pay VP, being fees for his service to democracy.

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      Matilda, That money came from helping Hambantota funds they robbed!

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      That Rs.200M given to LTTE could be the reason for not having enough money to run normal election work.. and Gota to go begging for election campaign..

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        It has been reported that bribed money was given to Basil by the Indian High commission.

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    Who has Rs. 600,000 in a current account? When interest rates were so high, savings account or fixed deposit perhaps. I do not believe this fellow at all.

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      who asked you to believe that fellow ? mind you , your ignorance is not any one’s problem !

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    I wonder why this fact.was not revealed on the stages when SF contested the presidential election in 2010.

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    hmm interesting interesting…..slowly the secrets are coming out

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    The group picture relating to this article reminds me of another
    scenario where it is so similar to pictures of Adolf Hitler being surrounded by his Generals & other ranks! And, eerily Gota looks very much like Hitler – at least in this picture!!!

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    The story as published is very clear to anyone who wants to understand what happened. The disclosure made seems to be frank without prevarication.

    The incident happened in 2005. The circumstances were different then. The persons concerned are not of the same character they have become today.

    Clearly Fonseka gave a LOAN under DURESS.

    As we now know that it is the Rajapaksa custom, Gotabaya did not honour the promise to return the money.

    CT, with reference to your head line, please try not to blow things out of proportion.

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      Navin, that is true. I watched the interview, He said it was a loan. CT is blowing it out of proportion. It was obvious SF expected it will be returned to him. It was his life’s savings. There are many inaccuracies in this article. He said he gave it to MR, not GOTA. a loan to someone who he thought his friend.

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        Now he says loan, it’s money for elections. He gave it to Gota. How can a public servant do that?

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        Dear Pran
        nobody keeps his life saving in a current a/c. The money is current account are there for daily use.

        It was advance payment for service charges. The balace due is yet to br credited, after the promotion.

        levi

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    SF is a liar.SF & Gota were very good friends,when they were attached to First Singha Regiment. They both did every good & bad thing together. I was a soldier at that time.

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      you may be a Toy solider then, Gota was in the Gajaba regiment and that is the reason he used Gajaba for all his fishy things.

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        Grand mother Matilda,you know very little about SL Army.Go through the history of SL Army & come to know, when the Singha Regiment & Gajaba Regiment established.

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    I am in two minds here.

    First, SF as a Govt Servant is funding a Presidential Campaign.
    Shouldn’t he be staying neutral ?
    Surely, SF wouldn’t have given funds without expecting some benefits in return.

    Then, I ask myself, every citizen must get involved in the politics of the country, so by funding a candidate you are doing your duty as a Citizen.

    Phew! so bloody confusing, time to put a shot, to calm the nerves.

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      Agreed, so bloody confusing. Pour me one also vishvajith before I go bonkers.

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        Cheers to you and me, BBS Rep.

        OPA! as my Greek friends say.

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          OPA vishvajit.

          Pour me another one please. This time it is this blighter DJ rubbing shoulders with killers, fraudsters, kudu karayas, psuedo socialists and the ilk at the Nugegoda rally. I am going nuts trying to work out why DJ, an educated man is delivering a valedectory with raised hands to bring back his fallen hero, the baron of all robbers MARA to power.

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      vishva

      If you need shots to calm your nerves in confusion, no
      wonder you are in two minds.According to SF,Gota
      borrowed from him on condition of return.The coins have
      two sides and we don’t know Gota’s side of the story.
      Gota is safe only with one answer,SF paid back what he
      borrowed from him.Any other answer will put him in
      trouble.It’s anyway Gota’s pay back time and SF might
      travel as much as he can.

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        Very true. A right royal mess for both. For the giver and the receiver.
        Phew!

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          I often think , what it would be , if Gen Fonseka and Gota were to put in one closed door and a sound proof room for a one day , i’m sure both would be able to settle their unsolved disputes in a very amicable way !

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    “Dammo Have Rakkhathi Dammachaaree”, Dear General,
    You can come out with a declaration of assets/liabilities at least for the past 25 years if you can. We need to clear the air between you and the poor Silly Lankan population in the daunting process of reunification and nation building. I have been earning foreign exchange since 1979 and still able to produce evidence of my earnings and outgoings. I am not a ‘Pythagorus’ nor a ‘Bill Gates’ but an ordinary ex-Ceylonese. So, be truthful to your countrymen. Metta!!

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    Don’t publish inaccurate news CT. I watched the interview. if you did then you didn’t understand what he said. It is irresponsible journalism to do things like that. He didn’t say he gave money to Gota. He said Gota came with MR to meet him when his campaign was not going well. SF was saying that he gave the money to MR( as a loan) as MR asked for a loan from him. MR was his friend, not GOTA. Mentioned that MR even cried that he had no money to run his campaign ask if he can help. Since he was his friend next day he gave him all his savings to MR since he asked for help. Who would give a life time saving for as a donation/bribe to a election campaign. Obviosly, it was given as a loan. MR had never returned it. It was specifically asked if it was returned, he said no. If it was given as a bribe why would anyone talk about it public. Don’t give ammunition to corrupt Gota to come and discredit him again.

    He was the junior most in the top brass. So he had his place in army without MR’s support. He said he met GOTA in US, he hardly knew him, but he was a friend to MR ever since his visit to war front as the opposition leader. He was one of the very few who he had as s friend when MR was sick and no one apparently didn’t even come to visit him in the Hospital except him. JVP says he never paid their poster printing costs, You are thinking that JVP bribed MR too. Nonsense, MR was a serpent who used everyone around him, till he grabbed power everyone helped him thinking he is an honest person based on his acting skills. And his true colors came out once he grabbed power.
    He was the second in command and would have been the commander in chief anyway once the senior officer is retired. He was one of the top 4 army officers under Chandrika’s government. So he had his earned position in the Army without MR or Gota’s support. We know you personally think SF should be locked up for human rights violation but don’t take cheap shots. Tabloid journalism needs to stop.

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      What is inaccurate?? CT said;

      “I was the second in command then, in the Sri Lanka Army. Gotabaya came to my residence, which was located within the premises of the Army headquarters and requested a donation for his brother’s election campaign. He even wept, stuttered and said they are extremely short of cash to run the election campaign. So although I did not have the financial capacity to make a significant contribution, I gave Rs. 600,000 that was in my current account and he promised to return it but never did,” Fonseka said.

      Watch 1.28.00 mins or from 1.25.10 for the whole story.

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      what 600K rupees, later Gota did pay Fonseka kiddos education in USA from govt scholarships running into millions and even had bodyguards from security forces for the kiddos in USA.

      So it all about, you scratch me and I will scratch you.

      Partners of crime., the best I can think is to send both SF and Rajapaksas together with criminals like Shavendra Silva to face music in the Hague.

      Then only this country can move forward with reconciliation.

      now.., those fake keyboard warriors in CT start Dislike me here.

      CT keyboard warriors are more or less Wimal Weerawansa type.

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    Ranil’s man Uvindu @ CT knows the game of chess well.

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    [Edited out]

    Cruul, use one name Viveka_Kandy or pran or Cruul – CT

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      CT – its undemocratic to spill all the beans of the Cruel aka Pran Vakishta.

      @Bernigan, you must also select one name instead of using;
      Bernigan,
      Ujang Kulon
      Utopawardana
      Boorinath Manjakkad
      WeeWilly
      Navel Pose

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        Oooooops..

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    There was a common enemy in 2005. Besides it seems that most of the money raised went to pay Prabhakaran to stop Tamil voters voting at the election. It seems to be for a good cause at the time, perhaps the most important good cause that lead to Sun Gods cardinal mistake.

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    It is quite reveling; jeyawewa for SL investigative journalism. When SF was meted out with harsh punishments, including stripping his medals, I thought it was very very unfair, particularly accusing him conspiring to stage a coup as one of the reasons for his arrest, but then not dropped that charge but no talk about it.

    The 6 Laks hand over as a loan withdrawing from his current account by SF asking to return back whenever able while holding the second top position, as he says, might be considered as disloyal to the state. Didn’t he ask to pay back the loan; SF seems relax about it; if he didn’t press it, it might be considered as bribe. Or, does he think Gotta is still not able to pay the amount in question.

    One thing is sure, the mob that struggled to run an election campaign in 2005, has amassed enough wealth to become one of the richest in the South Asia region. How profitable venture the politic is in SL. Give one more chance, MR can top the list globally, at least he will try, that is what they have the habit of comparing things with USA. The flood gate will open and Bill Gate will be challenged, Jeyawewa.

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    There has to be legislature to ensure transparency in donations to parties. This is the main corrupt practice.

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    this is NOT a donation but an interest free loan amongst , then, friends … Gota even defaulted on that… i would be really upset too if anyone who i consider a “friend” gave me a polla …. pay up Gota …. looks after those who helped you …. and don’t go calling this a donation …. that’s self explanatory

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    I gave Rs. 600,000 that was in my current account and he promised to return it but never did,” Fonseka said.

    In return, instead of retirement you were made the Commander.
    Then, in lieu of that 600k how much commission did you earn for approvals on military hardware purchases?
    Those crisp US $$ bills found where daughter’s mother in law deposited?

    GSF, you have had your fair share and more out of Rajapakshes.
    Your problem was you were greedy & gullible for the Raja Putuwa and you undercut your Master being misled by AKD & mangala who were hanging onto you as a lifeline for them and at the same time getting even with MR.
    In the Bible rayappu & emmanuel has explained in Timothy 2, you must never out do your Master but just be like him.
    You broke the cardinal principle blinded by greed due to the war victory.

    GSF you have overrun your destination longtime ago. Please get off from that political bus.

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    CT, thank you for the video. ‘Sukee Hothu, Dheerga Aayou’ General!

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    If Fonseka bribed Gota to become The Army Commander, why has the new government not arrested him? Isn’t bribery a crime?

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      You should understand that these buggers are looking for an eye catching ‘head line’.

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      You do anything, but do one more thing; kill a Tamil, all your crimes will be pardoned; maybe even sins washed off, you the hero- this DJ defines smart patriotism. Moreover, they are dual citizen of the USA.

      Whether it is loan, bribe or donation is anyone’s guess. SF had to pay 6 laks for him to be put in prison, maybe with the amount of money they received as bribe, donation or loan, they forgot about who they got it from.

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    SF has lost the plot. Clutching at straws and trying to discredit Gota and MR. SF proving to be a number 1 traitor. His comments ages ago to the Sunday Leader, then his comments hailing Prabhakaran over MR (Absolutely disgraceful given that The terrorist rotter killed thousands of SF’s own men, and now these comments.

    He has gone cuckoo. Retire, have a plain tea and suck on a piece of jaggery SF.

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    It’s another illogical argument by SF.

    On the one hand the UNP, SF’s 2010 election backers claimed that MR has donated millions to Velu to stop Tamils of the North and East voting at the 2005 elections and thereby preventing Ranil’s win. But as of now, SF claims, Gota was so humble at the time (2005) he even begged for cash support from him (SF) to fund the election campaign and he gave Rs.600,000. Does the General thinks public believe every lie he says as his soldiers do.

    I say, SF has no political future.

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    So he, after retirement, was not hand picked by Gotabaya, ex army leutinat colonel, who served under great patriots and sacrificed their lives,of gajaba regiment took the helm of the army and undertook the onus of defeating terrorism, by bribing the then defence secretary,
    The colombo telegraph has stooped to a low unprecedented in Sri Lankan history of journalism in any civilised country.

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    Rs 600,000 did this gentleman have an inheritance from his family. its a lot of money at that time was he having another source of Income while he was an Army Commander to swell his Current account in the Bank

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    LOL. Why didn’t he EVER mention this back in 2009 or 2010 during the Presidential Election? In the DECADE since this happened, he has had plenty of time to mention this -during his whole trial period that would have been the best time. Why does he wait till now to say soomething? Oh well, this man is a well known liar known to say “yes, no, yes, no” then “yes” again. During his 2010 campaign he LIED all the time, even when answering the same question.

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    Why is Gotabhaya Rajapaksa not denying the statement by Sarath Fonseka that the former borrowed Rs.600,000? If Fonseka gave Rs.600,000 as a loan how much he had in the current A/c and deposit accounts? How come a person like Sarath Fonseka was able to loan somebody Rs.600,000? And that too to sonebody with whom he had only a fleating relationship?

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