Ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka, Arjuna Ranatunga and Rajitha Senaratne today requested the Inspector General of Police to conduct an immediate probe into claims made by Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi that the Ministers had solicited bribes from him.
Senadhipathi had claimed that the Ministers had tried to extort money from him and he had enough evidence to prove his allegations.
Senadhipathi told media that the three ministers had repeatedly requested for money from him but he had point blankly refused. Senadhipathi claimed that the ministers even had threatened him after his refusal to give money to them.
Avant Garde boss said that this was why the three ministers were trying to destroy him and his maritime security services firm.
Following the revelation the three ministers have sent a written request to the IGP calling for an investigation into the allegations. The three also refuted the accusations made by Senadhipathi.
The ministers claimed that they had no personal dispute with the Avant Garde Chairman but only had voiced concern about some activities of the firm which were against public’s interest and was a threat to national security.
The three ministers claim that the Avant Garde did not have any valid license required under the firearms ordinance to store a large quantity of weapons, ammunition and explosives.
They also charge that the government had lost foreign revenue due to authorities of the former regime handing over a share of a business-monopoly to a private firm.
The Ministers in their letter to the IGP also state that the Avant Garde entered into agreements with foreign countries and organizations without the sanction of government authorities.
They point out that a large haul of weapons and explosives being in the possession of a private company pose a serious security threat to both Sri Lanka and the region as a whole.
The Ministers also claim that the company offered bribes to some key state officials, media and politicians to ensure their allegiance in order to conduct the firm’s illegal activities without any hindrance.