Colombo Telegraph can reveal that the President’s Media Division was directly involved in publishing a fake letter suggesting that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had sought Chief Justice Nalin Perera’s opinion on the no confidence motion against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Speaker’s Office, issuing a statement, confirmed that no such letter went from Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to the Chief Justice and the fake letter was originated by the President’s Media Division to discredit the Speaker.
Substantial evidence has surfaced to suggest that the PMD was instrumental in planting the letter on social media through an individual named Irosh Hettige who went on to publish it on his Facebook profile. Hettige, a staffer at the Presidential Secretariat, continued to publicize the fake letter on his Facebook profile even after the Speaker’s Office issued a denial. He also made a public disclaimer about the act.
Police sources said further investigations into the letter would be carried and action would be taken against perpetrators for forging documents. “Based on the Speaker’s request we will inquire into the letter and question everyone who was involved in the act,” a highly-placed CID source with direct knowledge of the investigation told Colombo Telegraph.