Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that when Sajith Premadasa’s sister, Dulanjali Premadasa was caught red handed with a large number of forged currency notes inside a bank, his government had never interfered in the investigation.
He said unlike the new government he never interfered in legal issues and had let the officials do their job.
Rajapaksa said while Dulanjalee had escaped Scott free after possessing a bundle of fake notes, a soldier who was caught with a single fake currency note at the time had gone to jail.
Rajapaksa said that one of his mistakes when in power had been that he was too tolerant and forgiving even to his political opponents.
Rajapaksa went on to say that however, those whom he protected today were attacking him mercilessly calling him a thief.
Dulanjalee Jayakody, daughter of former President R. Premadasa and sister of Minister Sajith Premadasa got caught when trying to deposit counterfeit notes worth Rs 2 million at the HSBC branch in Cinnamon Gardens some time back.
Dulanjali was informed by the bank that the entire amount of cash was fake.
Dulanjali had later informed that the currency was given to her by another person and she had come to deposit it without knowing they were fake. Later the Police had arrested the person who was identified by Dulanjali as the person who had given her the bundle of notes.