Thusitha Halloluwa, close aide of Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Chief-of-Staff at his ministry, has ignored summons from the Kadawatha Police over a complaint that he threatened a journalist, Colombo Telegraph learns.
Halloluwa, as Colombo Telegraph reported earlier, was recorded making a scathing attack on a journalist who exposed financial irregularity in a state institution running into millions of rupees. His tirade was first reported by SL Vlog, presented by Dharshana Handungoda, using recorded evidence. That clip was later played on News First, the news channel of MTV.
However, sources close to Halloluwa told Colombo Telegraph that he, Halloluwa, upon hearing of this complaint, had called the Office in Charge of the Kadawatha Police Station and inquired about it.
Apparently the complainant had said that someone had come to his house and threatened him and that he suspected Halloluwa of instigation. The complaint had been lodged in the Miscellaneous Complaints Branch of the Kadawatha Police.
Halloluwa had inquired if he is required to give a statement at the Police Station, but had apparently been informed that he could do so later.
Halloluwa has claimed that he has worked as the Media Secretary to Ministers, Amarasiri Dodangoda and Anura Priyadharshana Yapa. He claims he was Secretary and Coordinating Secretary of Minister Mangala Samaraweera and later a Press Officer at Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s Media Unit.