During the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday night, Fernando had told his cabinet colleagues, that the son of Cabinet Minister Rajitha Senaratne had entered his office while he was away and had gone through some of his documents without permission.
A cabinet minister said that Fernando had spoken in a highly agitated manner, while threatening to step down from the ministerial post if action is not taken against Chathura.
Several UNP ministers had spoken in support of Fernando noting that both Dr. Senaratne and his son was acting in a high handed manner.
The minister said that both the President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had to intervene to diffuse rising tempers.
Afterwards the President had promised an inquiry and disciplinary action if Fernando’s charge was correct.
Rajitha Senaratne had not attended the meeting yesterday as he is away on an official visit to Brussels.
Meanwhile Chathura Senratne speaking to Colombo Telegraph denied the charge leveled against him by Fernando..
When questioned, Chathura said that Fernando may be referring to someone else. He strongly denied that he was involved in any sort of spying on Fernando.
Fernando has said that this was related to the Avant Garde fiasco.
Fernando’s name too is mentioned along with several other powerful politicians as those trying to defend the Avant Garde as they are in the company’s payroll.
However Fernando has said that he has no connection with Avant Garde. The Minister has made an open challenge to those hurling accusations against him, to prove otherwise if possible.