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.
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Sunil / July 31, 2018
Dharshana Handungoda is a great guy, can’t we appoint him as the Speaker of our Parliament?
sach / August 9, 2018
He handles youtube channel which you think is great and he is suitable for the post of speaker? Seriously are you yahapalanas this stupid?
JD / July 31, 2018
What happened to the MAngala’s SEcretary or some one who was caught with Booze, Marihuana and narcotics ?
K.Pillai / July 31, 2018
What the Police should do next is obvious. Why ae they moaning?
This is our bane?
Rajiv / August 1, 2018
I watch SL VLog regularly on you tube. The service to the nation by Darshana in exposing the corrupt politiciancs of all parties is priceless. I wish him continuing success in educating the voters of this country so they will hopefully elect representatives who are not tainted in the future. The unfortunate saga of the country has been that we overthrow crooks and elect another set of crooks to rob the nation.
Good Sense / August 1, 2018
We write volumes of excesses by politicians and their acolytes. The cardinal principle is the rule of law. It is missing. The root cause of this is the bad example set by successive governments. My mind runs to incidents of throwing stones at judges houses. Why? They delivered a verdict not favorable to those in power at that time. Then all kinds of indirect intimidation through very polite telephone calls to judges. Instances of “impeachment” resulting in the removal of judge/s under controversial circumstances. Throwing insults and verbal tirades against judges under the cover of parliamentary privileges. Manipulation in appointments of judges is another area that has affected the quality of the justice finally meted out and that has a longer history than intimidation. My view is that political leaders must set the example to respect the law if the rule of law is to prevail. Although it appears to be outside this subject, the freedom of journalism too must be respected, because the publication various instances help to end the misdirection of the executive. The test of a politician is his ability to face criticism. Either maiming (even killing or disappearing) or intimidating journalists will not foster the much publicized “Yahapalanaya”.
Dharshana / August 1, 2018
Oh ya it’s a case of this bugger Halloluwa being an Alioluwa ?
asela / August 1, 2018
No worries Mangalas days are numbered. [edited out]
Chamila Anandi Thennakoon / August 4, 2018
This is the man who in utmost Sinhala filth abused the fine and superb journalist Dharshana Handungoda. Instead of sacking him on the spot Mangala is keeping him.
Is there anyone capable of castrating this bastard Hallulowa please?
Nandani Kodithuwakku / August 4, 2018
I think in the next parliamentary election Mangala will lose his seat. He is so unpopular among Sinhala voters in Matara, only Muslims will vote for him.
Yes I am from Matara and I vote.
Srini Mayadunne / August 5, 2018
Mangala the so called Mesiah for everything does not sack Halloluwa ‘cos then there will be one less person to do his dirty dishelved underhand work
Yamuna / August 6, 2018
For Hallolluwa using such filthy utmost garbage in public, why Mangala continues to keep him in such top position and pay handsome salary from publiic funds?