In response to the recent article involving Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga, the Minister has sent Colombo Telegraph the following clarification.
“The Hon. Minister wishes to state that no such incident took place and the entire report is a figment of the imagination of the author. We request that this response is given the same prominence as that provided to the fictitious and malicious article.”
While we understand the circumstances in which Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister was obligated to send the denial, Colombo Telegraph is in a position to confirm that a telephone conversation between Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and Minister Amaratunga did take place on the Jehovah’ witnesses convention in Colombo. After the telephone conversation, a visibly shaken Minister told his staff he could not understand why the Cardinal was behaving in an irrational manner. The telephone conversation and Cardinal Ranjith’s hollering have strained the relations between the two. Therefore we stand by our story and will also report future developments on the matter.