23 October, 2018

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Rajitha’s Son Denies Daddy’s Rs. 5 M Bribe From Avante Garde, Says Never Spied On Harin Fernando

Parliamentarian Chathura Senaratne, the son of Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne today denied a charge that his father had taken money from the Avant Garde owner Nissanka Senadhipathi.

Chathura Senaratne

Chathura Senaratne

The Lanka e news web site last night carried a story with a recorded telephone conversation which the website says is between Senadhipathi and Senaratne’s Secretary Dr. Sayuru Samarasundera. In the conversation Senadhipathi says Samarasundera had accepted Rs.5 million on behalf of Senaratne.

In the conversation the person identified as Senadhipathi in a threatening manner asks the person identified as Samarasundera to reveal whether he had pocketed the money instead of giving it to Senaratne for which Samarsundera says he had given it to Senaratne as requested.

The web site identifies this conversation as evidence to prove that Senaratne had accepted money from the Avant Garde boss.

Senaratne has openly said in the past that he had declined offers from the maritime security services to fund his election campaigns.

Attempts by Colombo Telegraph to contact Dr. Senaratne failed with Chatura Senaratne claiming that his father was on an official visit overseas.

However, Chathura said that his father will give an appropriate reply to the charges as soon as he arrives from the foreign visit.

Meanwhile Chathura also denied a charge leveled against him.

Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando told journalists today that he would brief the Cabinet tomorrow on an incident where a minister’s son intruded into his ministry and tried to spy on him.

When queried, Fernando declined to name the person he was referring to.

However speculation was rife that the person Fernando was referring to was Chathura Senaratne.

Fernando said that this was related to the Avant Garde fiasco. Fernando’s name too is mentioned along with several other powerful politicians as those trying to defend the Avant Garde.

The minister said he had no connection with Avant Garde and challenged anyone to prove otherwise.

When questioned, Chathura today said that Fernando may be referring to someone else.

Chathura strongly denied that he was involved in any sort of spying on Fernando.

“In fact we are good friends” Senaratne added.

Meanwhile a website run by Ruwan Ferdinandez a close confidante of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera published a photocopy of a cheque and an invoice which was claimed to have been given to Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s secretary Dr. Sayuru Samarasundera.

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    RE: Rajitha’s Son Denies Daddy’s Rs. 5 M Bribe From Avante Garde, Says Never Spied On Harin Fernando

    So, where is the Money? Rs.5,000,000.00?

    Quiz: Who has the money now?

    a) Nissanka Senadhipathi.

    b) Senaratne’s Secretary Dr. Sayuru Samarasundera

    c) Chathura Senaratne

    d) Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando

    e) Under the Mattress

    f) In the Bank account of ???????

    Wijedasa Rajapaksa?

    Marapana?

    Anybody Else?

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      1 year a go all these monkeys were under MARS vettiya..jump to the other brunch, when saw coming coulers no good. .now talking as its nothing in SL..

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    Wonder who elected this Duo at the last Election to give us Yahapalanaya ?.

    I am not sure whether to say God bless them or offer them Blessings of the Triple Gem.

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      Dear Sumane,

      Spot on! Sometimes U get it right.

      Question is to use your language why either Sira or Batalanda would not issue orders FCID, CID, PRECIFAC & BC to expedite and grab the whole Avant Garde board of directors?

      Are both Sira & Batalanda implicated too?

      Accepting bribes is criminal. So is giving bribes.

      No democracy can function with that kind of criminality. Which corrupts the very nerve center of peoples’ representation.

      Cheers!

      PS: Notice mainstream media is silent so far on this matter. SL media is a branch of the corrupt mafia system in SL.

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      KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

      “I am not sure whether to say God bless them or offer them Blessings of the Triple Gem.”

      Buy them a round of Gin and tonic, catch them by their B***s then shake them and stir them.

      We will deal with you later.

  • 15
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    What a web of deceit our politicians are weaving.

    But then the entire country knows that our politicians are corrupt. None is clean.

    There is some consolation for the ordinary citizen in the whole putrid Avante Garde saga. With all their billions and with all the lavish bribes they bestowed on the powers that be, their lucrative but criminal activities have come a cropper. We must thank the free media for this and we must protect free media at any cost.

  • 29
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    Rajitha’s son is a crook, he should be banned from politics. Another political thug in the making.

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      Alone he opens his mouth peace, one can judge it. That is for sure right.
      These unlernt kids should hate their parents not to have taught them properly – let alone the basics ( how to talk in a civlized manner -the basics of polics -since wording could end up with violations of unexected kind)

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    This is totally silly story. Who in the world is going to take a bribe in a form of check? This is easily traceable. This is a silly story.

    Peter

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      Very correct our politics has gone to doges.

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    These documents prove nothing, because they could have been documents forged by AvGrd themselves, to create the impression that they had the intention of transferring these sums. At present they are just documents from AvGRd’s own files, created unilaterally; they have no value as evidence.

    What may be necessary as evidence are independent documents held at the accounts holding banks that could substantiate that AvGrd’s money had been transferred to RS’s account or one of his close family members for no other valid reason:for example copy of an account where the alleged payment has been credited to containing the depositors account number or cheque number, if this was the cheque paid, and of course a copy of the cheque that had been franked by the bank as having paid to Rajitha’ account.

    Until such time, these two exhibited documents, no matter how smart they look could only be construed as forgeries.

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      Bo,Seylan bank can reveal as to who cashed the cheque to the relevent authorities end of the puzzle!!
      When questioned directly the good Doc say he did not pocket the money but gave it to the minister.
      Now Senadhipathy can get himself in hot water for paying a bribe but he will drag JaRajitha along with him.

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        Yeah you are right. That is the point I am making. Until Seylan bank provides this evidence directly to the court. all this business of releasing what appears to be forgeries has no legal value, except to excite those uninformed members of the public on R0P. Good doc’s word needs corroborating if not he himself is a suspect of taking bribes and could end up in jail for fraud and false witness. This is an interesting case because in trying to frame someone the accusers themselves have landed in hot water, inextricably I dare say.

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        BTW, why is the Cheque Number 288439 stated in the Payment Voucher differed from the Cheque Number 721209 stamped on the alleged evidence of the Cheque for 50 Lakhs? Anyone in Avant Guard cares to explain in public or at the Court?

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          I inadvertently stated that the cheque number was not visible

          . The cheque number is the same as in the payment voucher and what you quote is the Bank number. which also tallies with the cheque .

          Bank no 068034440330
          cheque no 721209
          Another cheque no 288439 in the description column in the Payment voucher .

          The Mystery deepens .Has Seylan Bank made a mistake ??? This is anybody’s guess.

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      If you examine the bank number( from the cheque ) which has been credited to Dr Sayuru (payment voucher) is one and the same . However the cheque number is not shown .

      Who knows what on earth is going on .

  • 10
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    If this conversation is authentic, I think our government and its institutions are being run by a bunch of greedy comedians.

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    This is a cash cheque issued by Avant Garde along with a vouchers issued by them. It prooves nothing. Not even whether the cheque was encashed.

    Irrespective of whether this money was accepted, IT PROOVES AVANT GARDE HAS BEEN BRIBING POLITICIANS. QUESTION IS IF THEY ARE A LEGITIMATE COMPANY, WHY SHOULD THEY BRIBE POLITICIANS

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      The funny thing is that;

      Avant Garde has perhaps not done anything illegal as far as the cheque is concerned. They can say “we wrote a cheque just to practice our signature”, “for my son to have some fun” or some such cock and bull story. “We never intended to issue it”.

      This is the man who abducted a girl and has managed to get away with it with help of his parents.

      That such a retarded and vicious man is in parliament is the fault of the voters.

      Demoracy in SL is the dictatorship of the retarded idiots who go as voters.

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    This Rajitha has always had a weakness for cars. One of the first things he did when he became a minister many years ago was to buy a VW 4WD vehicle.

    Can’t believe he hasn’t taken money and can’t bevel how someone like this is part of Yahapalanaya.

    It all seems more like ohepalayang now !

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    I bet , Batalanda Ranil’s F****** CID won’t grill Poo Mouth or his Mongrel Son…Because Sira wouldn’t allow them , even if Batalanda wanted to…

  • 15
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    It is difficult to find any politician who has not taken bribes.

    How do you think all these politicians fund the political campaigns ? It is no secret that business which require political patronage fund both parties. This includes the so called well governed listed companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange as well.

    Only recenly customs guys were caught accepting Rs 125 m bribe and this is ony the tip of the iceberg.

    We send 10,000 kids overseas for education every year spending from Rs 1-5 million per year. Just ask the question as to how these are funded? All sons and daughters of senior military and police personnel are studying overseas. how did they do that with a salary of less than Rs 100,000 per month??

    Grade 1 admissions are on now and school authorities are minting money.

    Our system is corrupt to the core!!’

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    Sirisena in the rush to establish a new constitution never mentioned the first pillar of Sobitha Thero’s agenda which was to fight corruption.

    Meanwhile, the Ayahapalanaya government of Ranil Wickramsinghe and Sirisena is going from strength to strength with hundreds of Commissions and NO CONVICTIONS of CORRUPT POLITICIANS.

    The political circus continues with the swollen cabinet of corrupt clowns while Commissions galore have not resulted in a single trial and conviction of these corrupt politicians who have been given bribes by Avant Guard whose Chairman and board should have been arrested and tried and pass ports impounded long ago.

    Meanwhile the corrupt insider trader who runs the Central Bank who is NOt and economist and lacks the qualifications head the CB is now a Commissioner of the Finance Commission! Corruption comounded !

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    Avant Guard corruption is exposed because of the fight between corrupt ministers in the Cabinet of Morons in the Miracle of Modayas for dirty money!

    Meanwhile the Swollen Cabinet is gadding about the world to various foreign countries on expensive trips while national debt is pilling up and the rupee depreciating.

    The political economy of the political circus in the Miracle of Modays is sad indeed for a average citizen Joe!

    What a blood joke this Yahapalnaya is!

  • 7
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    pacha-palana robbers

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    If these Documents are authentic base on there is no doubt that Rajitha Senaratahana & family has been taken five Million Rupees from Avant Guard.

    His son is liar of politics, you cannot trust his word ,that both of them are most untrusted politician in current ongoing Party politics is concern Sri lanka.

    They ( father and son)are most incorrigible and corrupted political persons in system of Party politics in democracy.
    They( gang of two-son & father of Senrathna ) destroy system of moral ethics and values of democracy by proper guidance form MS, CBK and UNP-Ranl.W….

    There is many possibility of both of them give and take money from any nook and corner of an Island by political game play by Rajitha family remain and gain power in state .

    By and large such persons ,who had no principle of moral and values of democracy….their up to many mischiefs politics of Sri lanka.

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      Saman Adikari ,

      “If these Documents are authentic base on there is no doubt that Rajitha Senaratahana & family has been taken five Million Rupees from Avant Guard.”

      Don’t jump the gun , these documents might be genuine ;nonetheless , it doesn’t prove any thing .this is just a cash cheque , any one could have en-cashed it . only Seylan bank officials could tell who actually profited the 5 Million.

      As for Rajitha’s defence , his secretary Dr Sayuru Samarasundera had released his version of the story in an audio tape where he was speaking to Avan Guard boss about Rajitha’s refusal to accept the bribe.

      Please listen to this tape as well.

      https://youtu.be/8P0P4K1RYPA

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        You know Srilal@,

        as recognized MEDIA institution, CT should avoid bringing the kind of articles if they have prima facie proofs. Just adding a bill issued to someone cant prove it was paid right ? That should be studied to the end actually to make conclusions. I am very upset reading the kind of articles now bringing by CT.

        THis is not what I ever thought.

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          Cleanminded ,

          Tell you frankly , i don’t know who to trust , SL politics are full of back room deals , in the conversation Senadapathi alleges that he also posses many files as Mahinda did , what does this mean ? does this mean Rajitha and other MY3 confidants also in Senadipathi’s payroll ? i have had some respect for Wijedasa Rajapaksa and Harin Fernando , recent defensive actions of the Avan Guard tarnished their images as well .

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            Dear Cleanminded,

            For all intents and purposes it is manifestly clear that the structuring of the business and operational relationship between Avant Garde,RALL and the Sri Lanka Navy has been carried out well within the legal framework of Sri Lanka. Such a structure is necessary to ensure that there are no possible international implications for the SL Government when carrying out maritime anti-piracy operations.Furthermore,as you may well be aware the private sector manages enterprises more objectively and more efficiently.In this instance, the institutional structure has resulted in a WIN-WIN situation for all stakeholders,including the SL Navy,Avant Garde employees and of course the owners.I see no reason why you should have any reservations on M/s Wijayadasa Rajapakse or Marapona on this score.
            Remember, that there are vested interests at all times creating deceitful ‘hype’ on matters like these to gain either political or financial advantage.This seems one such incident.

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    I can imagine why Rajitha Senarathne gave Dentistry to come to this job. Father may have taught it.

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    Whoever released the scan copies of alleged cheque and internal payment voucher needs his head examining.

    Proves that they regularly deal in illegal methods of bribing politicians. They have shot themselves on the foot. Not good with guns, are you Avand Guard?

    I is high time that internal revenue and tax department examines their books

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      how do you know those guys entered the respective data on those books ?

      Likewise the huge sums the MR is alledged to have abused – are also not recorded..
      SO, do you know think those men work keeping IR and tax department informed ?

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        That is the whole point. Their books have enormous holes. So the question is scrutinize everything their alleged revenue, where the money had gone, what proportion was bribes, and how much owed to income tax, how much stashed away in foreign banks undeclared, and by whom.

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    Why dont the banks strictly enforce a rule that all checks should be in the name of a beneficiary only. No cash checks allowed, what ever the amount. This way, one can identify who withdraws the money

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      Samson ,

      “Why dont the banks strictly enforce a rule that all checks should be in the name of a beneficiary only. No cash checks allowed, what ever the amount. This way, one can identify who withdraws the money “

      your ancestors must be king Kakkille ! haven’t you en cashed a cash cheque before in your life ? if one goes to a bank to en-cash any cheque , first thing they do is , verify your identity , usually beneficiary will have to write his/her name and ID number at the back of the cheque ;subsequently , bank official will cross check your details , then only they issue the cash .

      This 5 Million Cheque can be traced ,my gut feelings say it’s with Avan Guard boss.

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      It is mandatory for cheques to have a named beneficiary in the developed world. Exactly what Sri Lanka should follow to provide the desired audit trail to nab those who are given (and take) monies illegally.

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    Politicians do not come from outer space! MPs are elected from the people. If the people are corrupt then certainly the elected MPs are a representative sample of the people and so are corrupt. There is no magic here.

    We can observe how people are so uncivilized just watching their behavior on the roads, motorist and pedestrians alike. No one observes any rules. In stark comparison see one of the main roads in a developed country such as UK. There the people are very civilized.

    We are shouting so much, we should look first at us in the mirror and we will know where the fault lies. We the public are bitterly complaining of nepotism, bribery and corruption among parliamentarians and had if we had a chance to be in the shoes of the politicians we will be doing exactly the same! History has proved what I just said.

    When Arjuna Ranatunge was in opposition he went on a crusade against nepotism practiced by the President Mahinda Rajapakse who appointed his family members to top Government posts. We elected Arjuna thinking he will be ‘just and fair’, but see what happened and Arjuna did exactly the same what Mahinda Rajapakse did appointing his brother to the top job. Certainly his brother cannot be denied of a job if he so deserves and no one would have complained had if he was selected through proper channels giving all eligible people a chance. He was simply appointed by abusing the ministerial decree Arjuna possessed being the Minister.

    I may be talking now like what Arjuna spoke before being elected, but had if I was elected as a representative, most likely I too would do the same as what all politicians did and that is because I am a Sri Lankan! So it is not the fault of politicians it is a fault of the people of Sri Lanka.

    The words ‘nepotism’, ‘corruption’, ‘bribery’ are mere sound bites for Sri Lankans and do not mean a thing and we do not have the capacity to know their meaning. This where the problem lies and is so deeply ingrained within us.

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      Continuing what I have already said, the only salvage we have is to hand back our country back to colonial rule for at least two generations so we may get reeducated and remodeled back again to what we once were.

      Actually the past colonial rule was a blessing in disguise and especially the British were very benevolent towards us. Soon after we gained independence Sri Lanka was known as a the ‘Wonder of Asia’ and so much so Lee Kuan Yew the former PM of Singapore wished his country would also be like Ceylon.

      So may be after having rehabilitated again by the British we may lead much better civilized lives.

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        Again between you and me. I shouted so much against bribery and corruption. But if I was the Minister and was offered the 5 million I would have taken it and kept quiet as if nothing has happened. Because I am a Sri Lankan! I am shouting only because I am jealous I do not have the talent or the guts to speak like many parliamentarians and in turn be rewarded with money to keep silent! “If you can’t beat them, join them”. But that is my problem I am also unable to join them because I lack the talent and the guts to be one of them.

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    Its not only the Giver…. what about the Taker???
    The Giver gives because he has enough to spare… Taker takes for what ??

    This new Kid On The Block Chathura V.A.Charlie is a chip of the old block V.A.Chalaya.
    They just imitations can not match the MR clan.

    The bank will know who produced the Cheque or came through which Organisation. Then lets trek backwards.

    So this V.A.Chalaya does not use his fingers but use tongs to pluck money.
    Scape goat being a Doctor………. Is he too from mervyn’s variety?

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    Why is that even a private citizen can do in any other country cannot be done by the government or a corporation in this messed up place? If this cash check has been in fact cased, then it should be fairly simple process to establish who cashed the check. If I issue a cash check to anyone where I live, and later want to know who cashed the check, I can simply make a request to my bank to issue me a copy of the cancelled check (for a small fee). If Avant Grade wants to prove that this check has been cashed, all they have to do is to contact Seylan bank and ask them to issue a copy of the cancelled check. I am sure this is possible in Sri Lanka where there is a well-developed banking system.
    Although, theoretically anyone who got hold of this cash check could produce it at the bank and cased it, not self-respecting teller would just handover Rs 5M over the counter without asking for an ID, in this case the national ID card and record it on the check itself. In other countries they ask for the driving license or some other form of valid ID. On the other hand if the money was deposited in an account, there should be a copy of the deposit slip at the bank. Both these forms of proofs are easily obtained.
    If this is done then the Senaratne duo can be exonerated if they have nothing to do with it and Avant Grade chairman has perjured himself. If the check or the money can be traced to them, then the case is at the doorstep of Yahapalanaya to deal as appropriately. But knowing fiascos going on in SL, I have a feeling another commission will be appointed until the next big scandal comes on. Then there will something else for the media and the public to dig their teeth in. This is how they successfully supress the CB bond scandal, which is probably the most significant financial crime that had taken place in the country. Also, where is the result of Samaraweera’s hunt for the 18billion stashed by MR? As long as they keep new scandals

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    Why is that even a private citizen can do in any other country cannot be done by the government or a corporation in this messed up place? If this cash check has been in fact cased, then it should be fairly simple process to establish who cashed the check. If I issue a cash check to anyone where I live, and later want to know who cashed the check, I can simply make a request to my bank to issue me a copy of the cancelled check (for a small fee). If Avant Grade wants to prove that this check has been cashed, all they have to do is to contact Seylan bank and ask them to issue a copy of the cancelled check. I am sure this is possible in Sri Lanka where there is a well-developed banking system.
    Although, theoretically anyone who got hold of this cash check could produce it at the bank and cased it, not self-respecting teller would just handover Rs 5M over the counter without asking for an ID, in this case the national ID card and record it on the check itself. In other countries they ask for the driving license or some other form of valid ID. On the other hand if the money was deposited in an account, there should be a copy of the deposit slip at the bank. Both these forms of proofs are easily obtained.
    If this is done then the Senaratne duo can be exonerated if they have nothing to do with it and Avant Grade chairman has perjured himself. If the check or the money can be traced to them, then the case is at the doorstep of Yahapalanaya to deal as appropriately. But knowing fiascos going on in SL, I have a feeling another commission will be appointed until the next big scandal comes on. Then there will something else for the media and the public to dig their teeth in. This is how they successfully supress the CB bond scandal, which is probably the most significant financial crime that had taken place in the country. Also, where is the result of Samaraweera’s hunt for the 18billion stashed by MR? As long as they keep new

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    Rajitha should resign from politics or fired from the Cabinet and every party position.

    My3 and RW should tell all their Ministers and M.Ps that they should tell their sons and daughters to keep well away from the affairs of State.

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    Why all this speculation?
    Simply get info from Seylan bank as to who cashed the cheque, the signature and NID no., or whether it went into an account!

    Then arrest the bribe GIVER and TAKER! FCID CAN DO IT!
    If these were issued to implicate the Minister, then arrest those guys! In any case Avant Garde is guilty by lengths on either count ! Why was Mangala implicated by CT? Just because this Ruwan guy is close to him does it mean that Mangala gave the info? In which case one can implicate Ruwan F for other things with Mangala???

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    Rajith and sons take politics turn into their hand by playing power change and remain power games by jumping one party to other by time to time.

    This is” rule of Games” has been accepted by MS that Grameseka turn politician, while political bankrupted of CBK and life time electorate defeated Ranil W… of UNP.

    Three in one combinations of that MS, CBK & Ranil.W..of UNP has no backbone to be stood for their own bourgeois class politics ,instead that they allied with Lumpen like Rajitha.Senarathana & sons.

    Look at real politics of bourgeois’ democracy has gone to that low level by down grade Parliament polities led by Ranil W.? ..how is that they undermined of “rule of law and good governances” which is main pillar of US & Western democratic values.

    Political governances and ruling of MS led ruling circulars are become laughing stock in after 67 years of fairly mature democracy in an Island .
    That is key issues of talk in town that need to be address by political elitism.

    MS, CBK and UNP-Ranil W… are incompetent to seek any type of solutions by their backward political note books ongoing current politics of democracy .

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    If Alice was not in Wonderland,but right now here in SriLANKA,she would say things are getting curiouser,curiouser and curiouser!

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    Rajitha’s son is real rascal , when Rajitha was fisheries minister , [Edited out]

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