Saluting defeated President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother the former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa is inappropriate according to the Sri Lanka Police, because he was summoned to the Commission as an accused in a case of large scale corruption.
This is when a very senior police officer was observed greeting and saluting Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as he enters the room before his alleged five hour grilling session at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry headquarters on Monday the 24th August.
A local daily newspaper which filmed Goatabaya walking into the premise captured this moment around 29 seconds into their aired video footage.
Suspicions have now been raised if the five hour questioning session actually did take place or was it a mere eye wash to mislead the public, as when Gotabaya Rajapaksa alights his vehicle on entering the premises, he is also heard confidently saying “meka simple ne” which translated into English means “this is simple” when a question was posed to him by a journalist.
The media reported that Gotabaya was summoned and grilled for over five hours over allegations of misusing state funds and using personnel of the state-owned security firm, Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) for the presidential election campaign.
The FCID and the Bribery Commission also recommenced their hunt and investigations against the former Rajapaksa regime immediately after the general elections were over. These investigations are carried out into the alleged Rajapaksas’ acts of abuse of power, forgery, murder, fraud, corruption and malpractices during their rule of self-reigned power.
Sub Inspector Jagath Kumara who answered the police spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara’s mobile bearing number 071-8591882, told Colombo Telegraph that it is inappropriate for the Police officers to have saluted Gotabaya Rajapaksa. However he further went on to say that it is advisable to call back and obtain a quote from the Police spokesman ASP Gunasekara.
Despite several attempts made on no more than three occasions Colombo Telegraph was told that ASP Gunasekara was still attending the conference.
At the time of publishing this story Colombo Telegraph’s phone call was not returned by ASP Gunasekara still.