UPFA MP Duminda Silva has been interrogated by the CID for over six hours since this morning on the charges leveled against him by drug kingpin ‘WeleSuda’ who was arrested a few weeks ago.
During a media briefing Police Spokesman stated that Welesuda has stated that he paid large sums of money to Silva, who was the Monitoring MP of the Defence Ministry during the Rajapaska regime, to continue his drug smuggling activities unhindered.
Silva had arrived at the CID accompanied by two lawyers to make his statement. The MP has been for long been accused to be one of the main handlers of the drug racket in Colombo.
As Colombo Telegraph reported in October 11, 2011, three months before Bharath was killed, Bharatha had complained to the President that Duminda Silva had given a contract to underworld thugs to murder him. President Rajapaksa had subsequently ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to investigate the alleged murder plot. Two underworld gangsters who were in police custody at that time had given statements to the CID confirming the murder plot. Bharatha Lakshman had secured a copy of this CID investigation report and informed Rathanasiri Wickramanayke, Minister Susil Premajayantha, Alavi Moulana, the Governor of the Western Province, Minister John Senavirathne and some other senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party members about the CID findings.
The Colombo Telegraph has learnt from several sources within the ruling party that Rathnasiri Wickramanayake and Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra had met and urged the President to remove Duminda Silva from Kolonnawa and arrest the underworld gangs operating under Duminda three month ago. It was then that the President had stated, “Duminda Silva is not my man, he is Gota’s man”
Three weeks before his murder, Bharatha had met two senior lawyers with a view to initiate legal proceedings against Duminda Silva based on the CID report.