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How Did My Father’s Driver, ‘Raththaran’ Stack Up Billions In 10 Years?

By Achini Ediriweera

Achini Ediriweera

Achini Ediriweera

How did my father’s then driver, Raththaran aka Rohitha Abeygunawardhana, who came to my house in a push bike and won my father’s heart, manage to stack up billions in 10 years. Hope he was smart and made up papers like others do. But, this man I tell you, is a Disgrace!!

Being my driver isn’t the case, but the point is he fooled my father into thinking he is a good person. My father, who didn’t bring his wife or sons into politics, or give relatives any positions at his office or ministry, due to his principles, gave this man the opportunity. He told my father how much he loved to be in Politics, and how he admired my father’s views. My father appointed HIM instead of my older brother or mother! He made HIM the chairman of the Beruwala council! As the chief organiser for Beruwala/ Kaluthara District, he gave HIM the ticket for the next election at the provincial council, and my father told Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga who refused to give him a chance at the parliamentary election, that “Here is my resignation letter, If you don’t give this man the chance in my district!.” Sadly my father didn’t see what Chandrika saw that moment! There are many who were present when this happened, who can prove this! My father then gave him the seat of Beruwala and said “it would be best if you took my seat, Beruwala, cause I have set this up for you now and made you here, and I will move to Agalawatte.”Rohitha

This was done by my beloved father, because he believed you don’t need to come from a rich background to be what you want! You don’t have to inherit the right to become a politician, you need to have only the “passion” and “hunger to serve the people” and he though a poor man would know BEST ! Like my father did when he came in as a 13 year old. Which minister today gets on a stage and say about his driver, “This is my son in politics” “I see you making your sons and wives a political career, but, This here is my son! Vote for him! I appoint him for you, my Beruwala people!”

His success was not something my father would ever be jealous of because that is what my father gave him, without giving even his own older son or his wife, like many others did! My oldest brother’s dear friend was already in the parliament back then, and today he is the secretary to the SLFP, whilst my father chose to stand by his principles. Prathipaththi, and trust that this Raththaran would never steal from the nation!

Today his entire generation is in politics, and made billions for his family, and disgraced my father.Rohitha

We don’t need politics to survive because we got a life beyond that. We are disgusted that he does everything that my father never dreamt he would do when handing him this life! Something no one today would do.

I will NEVER support this rouge or any rouge who steal from the innocent people of this country!

Falil Hajiar uncle (from Beruwala) he was your worker first, and you gave him to my dad because he said that he admired my dad, so he can be my dad’s driver. Then when my dad made these moves and got fooled by his talk, you warned my father, who thought naturally anyone would be jealous. I thank you for that, Today.

*The writer, is Achini, daughter of Ediriweera Premaratne, Former Deputy Minister of Buddha Sasana. Former Cabinet Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardhana is currently under investigation on several counts of fraud by the Bribery commission.

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    This might be true but this writer’s brother who their dad didnt put into politics was Convicted in court for more than 10 years for smuggling Gold.

    True story is he too is a raththaran lmao

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      Most people only see the good in others but you seem to be the exception. What has this got to do with the honest principles attributed to a fine politician as Ediriweera Premaratne.

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    You are one hell of a woman Achini. I wholeheartedly admire your honesty and courage. To come out like this is truly appreciated. The country need more individuals like your father to survive.’ Sukee Hothu, Dheerga Aayou’

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    “How did my father’s then driver, Raththaran aka Rohitha Abeygunawardhana, who came to my house in a push bike and won my father’s heart, manage to stack up billions in 10 years”?

    He simply followed the Rajapakse recipe for ‘getting rich quick” – just like the other thieves of the Rajapakse gang!

  • 15
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    The Quote – I will NEVER support this rouge or any rouge who steal from the innocent people of this country!

  • 15
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    Let alone truth or falsehood about the protagonist, the writer’s attempt to defend her father’s abject lack of foresight and saner judgement is futile. He is also responsible for whatever wrongdoings of the monster ‘he has helped to create’. [Edited out]

  • 34
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    Hats off Achini!!

    At least you had the guts to expose this Ratharan Scoundrel.
    Many more in Jarapaksa Regime who have made Billions.
    Its time for the Yahapalanaya Suckers to put words into ACTION.

    Act fast (FAST TRACK)all the Corruption, Bribery , Murder , before its too late. Independent foreign Judges is the answer.

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      Yes. the kind of young blood can give us a breath.

      Else, I cant digest this man Rohitha… behaves as if his abuses were nothing …

      law and order men in action have failed to catch them yet means not that he will be scot free for the rest of his life.

      I wonder why the investigations against the kind of high criminals are this much slow or even if they invitebut leaving the premises with a bail.. becoming a joke .. unbearable really… greetings from Frankfurt.

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      Not about others, but Mahinda Jarapakshe made simple simons and criminal minded men richer because of his criminals energies and indifference being unable to filter the edcuated , solid and the others… actually, MR was the main cause here nobody else.
      Today, almost whereever MR is there, these men stroll behind. Mahindandanda is the other high criminal… who looted billions calling that their generations had over 100 acres. but journos keep their orifices so tight not brinignng the good analyses.. this is devil hit island to this day.

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    I Like your balls yo! What is dead may never die.

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    I really appreciate your braveness…was seen him a Faleel Hajiar driver from my nacked eyes.people of Beruwala knows it

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    It’s people like your father who allowed rouges like him are the real diagrace – your fathers soul will suffer for what he did by bringing this man to politics

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    Hello Achini,
    “My father, who didn’t bring his wife or sons into politics, or give relatives any positions at his office or ministry, due to his principles, gave this man the opportunity. “

    Didn’t your father have a relative named Chithrangani (if my memory is correct) who contested for elections from Kalutara seat?

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    Mr. Ediriweera was no saint – his son prabath was arrested in 2001 for robbery.

    posted March 25, 2001 07:17 PM Click Here to See the Profile for NORWAY Click Here to Email NORWAY Edit Message
    Sri Lanka gold robber blessed with spiritual links
    Mar 25 2001 19:32 IST

    COLOMBO, March 25 (AFP) – The son of a Sri Lankan government minister has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a post office, officials said Sunday.
    Prabath Premaratne, the son of the deputy minister for the Buddhist affairs ministry Buddha Sasana, was arrested on Friday night together with one of the minister’s police bodyguards, officials said.
    Minister Ediriweera Premaratne, a former monk, denied any involvement in the incident in central Colombo and said he was not responsible for the actions of his son.

    Police said the son, who is a student at a college in Switzerland but is currently on holiday in Sri Lanka, was arrested while anti-narcotics agents were investigating a drugs smuggling operation.

    “Our men were waiting to catch two people who were getting a postal package sent from abroad,” a police official said.

    “As the two suspects were getting out of the post office with the package, another two robbed them at gun point,” the official added.

    “That is when our men went into action. It later turned out the package had nearly four kilos of gold.”

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    well achini, there is no braveness here as mentioned by most of the hypocrites voted for yamapalane…it’s pure allegations. what you need to write here is how raththaran malli stole, when he stole, the amounts he stole with facts and evidence. otherwise no one will believe you except for the fools who voted for yamapalane…

    [Edited out]

  • 15
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    Achini
    Thank you for washing your dirty linen in Public,
    I can see that you’re trying to white wash your daddy’s dealings with the crooks in the past .
    Ah !! that’s my Daddy’s girl talking.

    From a different point of view it is Good to clear your conscience expose the crooks and you lead a clean life just as we all normal clean living people live in this planet.
    As some one commented the exposure of ones Corruption can be proven innocent by our CROOKED JUSTICE SYSTEM , thus the consequences can misfire against you.

    You’re brave to expose the truth in the BANANA REPUBLIC OF SRILANKA.
    PLEASE be careful.

  • 16
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    Achini or the Brother couldn’t make the cut, despite dad being a loyal political servant of Whiskey Madam..

    How sad.

    Hirunickers, Daham and Sis, and even BIL, and Keselwatta Kid all not only made the cut, but got the best gigs which they could handle in Batalanada Ranil’s and Bodhi Sira’s Yahapalanaya.

    Those genes sometimes play funny buggers..,

    I always wanted to know how this dude had such a Gold nick name like Raththaran.

    And I found it out last month.

    Raththaran evidently used to nick Gold Chains off the necks of our Dalit women in Beruwala, and the near by villages.

    Obviously Mr Ediri didn’t get a Police report when he hired Rathaharan as his driver.

    Raththran must have impressed Ediri with something ,for Ediri to shoe hone him in to Whisky Madam’s inner circle.

    Ediri probably bench marked him against Achini and her Bro..

    BTW, Achini has inflated Raththran’s net asset value by several hundred Millions.

    Because Batalanada’s Bribery Commission charge sheet against Raththaran is for “stacking” only 4.2 Million LKR which, some would say peanuts.

    In comparion to fellow Politician from next door to Beruwala which is Kaluthara, who has bought LKR 1000 million worth of Fishing Boats , of course not in his name but under his secretary’s name.

    That was when this Politician was in charge of Yahapalana Fishing Ministry in a previous Government..

    That will be a good bench mark for Yahapalana suckers to compare the net asset values of their current mates in Government.

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    I have the honor of writing to you in response to your article

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    The driver of Achini’s father becoming a minister should have no issue as a Gramasevaka has become the President of the country(he still behaves like a GS is a different matter).
    As for his ill gotten billions, isn,t Achini a little bit late in her revelation as Rohitha Abeygunawardena has already been indicted and investigated.
    Anything coming out of it,then again,is a different matter.

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    U see if stupid politician can’t recognize some one is a bastard he is the man who has done the mistake

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    When I was growing up, I was told that “the only good politician is a dead politician”.
    Looking at it now I can say it was true then and add that ” a good politician in Sri-Lanka is yet to be born”.
    Its seems ok for people to cry wolf after the event. Where were these good doers when the country was bled to death and even as I write being continued regardless. It is a sorry state of affairs. What happened to the fleet of luxury cars (BMWs etc)brought down for the Common Wealth Heads of State meeting held in SL. We were told those cars will be auctioned. Did this happen????. It is a joke, to call for good governance. This has not got to their skins leave alone their hearts and souls
    The ordinary citizens of our land are real salt of the nation, see how they have/are responding to the present floods and landslides. They are the epitome of human kindness. Long live their good deeds

  • 4
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    Achini,

    What i have to say is you have reveled one side of shit politics. If Raththaran voluntarily come up and say what he undertook to be the favorite of then Minister, it will be the full story…
    So my assumption is, you can’t say it’s just a miss judgement of your father … but a result of the politics he carry out in his life…

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    Dear Madam Achini Ediriweera,

    you wrote very nice article,

    i am proud to call you as fellow bold Sri Lankan.

    despite whatever comments from others about your brother immaterial to here.

    you wrote about Raththaran Sri Lankan curse Rohitha Abeygunawardane your fathers former driver or possibly who was Tea boy.

    Raththaran not enemy to you or mine who is a common enemy of prosperity of innocent needy people.

    whoever comments against to you ask them to step into Cancer Hospital Maharagama or Karapitiya Hospital or National General Hospital to see how innocent Sri Lankans suffers without sufficient medics or without sufficient effective machines to diagnosis or do surgery to cure them.

    Public money were ribbed by Raththaran as what he did young days in trains Gold chain snatcher = RATHTHARAN.

    i wish you good luck, also i wish what if many others similarly share they testimonies with general public??

    thanking you on behalf fellow Sri Lankans.

    Dharma.
    soon i find my gps code and place here LOL…..

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    Can you see grown men and women grabbing the Bags of essentials given to the kids who have been stranded in floods away / snatching from the kids and people??
    these are greedy Srilankan people ready to steal any donations sent to grab under the guidance of the Tri Service security and the Politicians.

    Shame on you mother Lanka for producing such inhuman people.

  • 14
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    Rohitha may be a rouge or not, but this girl trying to show the anger to her farther for not giving chance to them to be in politics. There is nothing more than that. Some says, she is brave. For what. For this nonsense. Did she put forward any material to prove Rohitha is a bad person. Only argument, she pu forward is that Rohitha is her farther driver. Is that valid. This is the same crooks who spread lies during last 5-6 years.

    Please give her or brother chance to be in the politics. Everything will be good.

    Nothing on this baseless tale.

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      judge and jury,
      who makes your parachute??
      They have not been holding hands to keep the roof from collapsing.
      Why do woodworms coming off the rattans trouble you?

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    I do not agree with this. I recently visited a ayurveda spa in down south on my way to colombo from Galle. It looked a well run place and charges were very reasonable. Upon my inquiry into the details of the business from the massuer, i learnt that this spa was owned by the brother of this rattaran and said they live next door. From my experience at the spa and my observation of surrounding i did not think that they have made so much money – at least illegally. I have seen much much more corrupt souls who act like saints but live in luxury (with stolen money). At least people like this guy create jobs for the people in areas and run good businesses. I was happy about the service of this spa and wish them luck

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    I don’t see why we waste our time investigating these blatant crooks cohorts of the Rajapakses. They should only be asked to explain how they amassed their fortune with their ministerial salaries.

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    Achini; what is the difference between your dad and his driver turned rogue politicians. They are all rats including your father who graduated from the “School of Bandaranaike Thoughts”. An establishment established by the dubious Bandaranaike family. All were trained to be rogues and corrupt politicians. So who gives sh.. about your confession about Rohitha (Naya kaapu) Hora. Take it from me dear, I myself refused to be drawn into politics by the other school of rogue politicians “School of JRJayawardene thoughts”. As a result a guy who came from a family worst than that of Rohitha,(who did not have money to buy even school uniforms) ended-up being one of the richest politician in the country. He later graduated from the “School of Bandaranaike thoughts” also and benefits from both parties. His son now act as the former strongman’s secretary. But remember this every sibling and kith and kin of every corrupt politician in Sri Lanka are cursed in the entire Samsara. Because they were fed and educated by the ill gotten stolen assets and properties of people of Sri Lanka. That particular sin is equivalent to stealing from Begging Bowl of the LORD BUDDHA”

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    ACHINI IS UR DAD STILL LIVING OR UR BRO PLS CLARYFY IF ALL THATS SAID IS TRUE SO NEXT TIME YOU WOULDNT WASTE UR TIME

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    One of the worst corrupt politician of MR gang, this land deal is just a tip of a iceberg, this bastard made over U$ 50 Million by taking bribes of Chinese Telecom equipment suppliers and port related businesses. He must be sent to prison for life.

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    What you wrote is true, dear miss Achini! I can remember way back in 1998
    on your fathers request we organized a campaign in Horana electorate to support Rohitha for his maiden bid to Western Provincial council. Hon. Minister Ediriweera Premaratne wanted to elect his trusted person, Rohitha to the first place of the list elected in that election. I think he has secured third place in that election. Rest of his political tour to power and wealth is history.

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