Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera today requested the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to launch an inquiry into allegations that one of his secretaries was among those arrested in Dubai, including underworld kingpin Makandure Madush.
The Minister also stated that some had even alleged that he gave the so-called secretary a diplomatic passport. The Minister, in his letter to CID Director Ravi Seneviratne, stated that some politicians continue to make false allegations against him on this matter even after he publicly denied the rumours of an arrest of his Secretary.
Samaraweera said UPFA MP Thenuka Vidanagamage and SLFP MP Dilan Perera, on two separate occasions, alluded to his possible involvement with the underworld criminal, “Madhush”. The Minister said such baseless allegations tarnished the reputation that he built up as a politician for over 30 years.
“These fabricated allegations are squarely aimed at protecting those who are actually involved in the drug trade in Sri Lanka. I also request you to probe the politicians who took Makandure Madhush to the airport to flee the country,” Samaraweera also added.
The Minister also urged the CID Director to record statements from the politicians and the media personnel who irresponsibly stated that one of his secretaries were among those arrested in Dubai. Samaraweera asserted he would initiate legal action against those who levelled false allegations at him.