By Sonali Samarasinghe –
A man is often judged by the company he keeps. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is no different. Already the President has come under heavy fire for his association with Ajith Nivard Cabraal, and questions have been raised regarding various business dealings of Cabraal and how it would impact on the nation’s economy given Rajapaksa’s recent appointment of him as governor, Central Bank.
Now it seems that President Rajapaksa’s blue eyed boy and his coordinating secretary to boot, Sajin de Vass Gunawardena comes with a dubious track record dotted with remand time, fraud bureau investigations, unpaid loans and unfulfilled promises.
President Rajapaksa’s style of choosing his advisors and close allies become even more pertinent given that Sajin de Vass Gunawardena was refused a place by Ranil Wickremesinghe when the then prime minister was told that Sajin had a criminal track record. Wickremesinghe was to advice the young man to clear his name first.
It was after this that Sajin went off to Dubai to work with Trico and even there allegedly fell out with the management. However by a happy coincidence he was to meet the then Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa who was in Dubai on a visit and young Sajin showed him around.
Rajapaksa comfortable in the vernacular and a more simple way of life was rather enamoured of the well spoken young man who was both good in his English and rather spiffy on the computer. To Rajapaksa this made Sajin seem like an excellent catch. “Why don’t you come and work for me,” the Opposition Leader invited. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena didn’t have to think twice. All his life he had wanted to get into politics. This seemed like the perfect opportunity. But more on Sajin’s re entry anon.
Meanwhile who is this young man so close to the Chief Executive?
Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, 33 years of age, is already Coordinating Secretary to President Mahendra Percy Rajapaksa and is a well spoken, charming young man. He is also a key though nebulous figure in Rajapaksa’s peace process.
In February this year at the first round of peace talks between the Tigers and the government, Sajin was to creep into the negotiation room at Chateau de Bossey in Geneva in a surrepticious manner. His name did not appear in any of the official lists.
He arrived a day later than the official delegation which consisted of such renowned names as H. L. De Silva, Gomin Dayasiri, Palitha Kohona and John Gunaratne. He was sent there as a special emissary of the President himself to oversee and spy on the proceedings and the government players. Already seniors in politics such as Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and Mangala Samaraweera were beginning to look upon him as an unsavoury upstart.
If the second round of peace talks scheduled for April had materialised no doubt Sajin would have winged his way to cooler climes again. However in June his role in the peace process became less nebulous and more potent. The LTTE while rejecting the peace talks on various grounds agreed to meet in Oslo to discuss the limited issue of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, its constitution and its security.
Having hemmed and hawed over its participation, the government finally decided to send a third level team to Oslo for the talks to be held on June 8 and 9 headed by Peace Secretariat Chief and consummate diplomat Palitha Kohona. To assist him was none other than young Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Shanaka Jayasekara of the Peace Secretariat and Attorney-at-Law, Gomin Dayasiri.
So who is Sajin? What perhaps has endeared him to President Rajapaksa and why has this young man been shot to the top like a Sirasa Superstar?
Sajin is the son of A. De Vass Gunawardena who was for a space after Chandrika Kumaratunga‘s regime took over government in 1994, the director general of the Board of Investment.
Vass Gunawardena senior was a remnant of the Premadasa era. However he continued as BOI chairman for sometime until replaced by Chandrika’s favourite, Thilan Wijesinghe.
It was during his father’s time at the BOI in 1995 that he got involved with the Grayline Group which at the time was considered controversial in their business dealings. At Grayline owned by Lal Wijeratne, as the new Project Development Manager Sajin proved a useful tool able to have easy access to the much sought after BOI due to his father’s position.
Sajin was still a young buck of 22 and was described by those who knew him then as an enthusiastic gung ho chap with a silver tongue and a smooth and slick manner. This always fooled the gullible person into helping him with money matters. And Sajin had one flaw. He couldn’t stop borrowing money and not paying back, until the police came knocking on his door. Before long, due to various issues he parted company with Grayline.
Sajin then decided in 1994 to launch into business at the Biyagama Free Trade Zone. He set up a company called Tapes International Pvt Ltd. Incorporated on October 11, 1994 the objectives of the company were to carry on business as manufacturers and dealers of adhesive gum tape, cellotape, silicon plated paper and aluminium coated sachets and byproducts.
In order to start the company at the time he was to obtain a loan of Rs. 2.5 million from a couple, Wimalasiri and Shirani Fernando of 14, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. A cheque was accordingly made out and one of the witnesses to the transaction was his father A. D. de Vass Gunawardena. After a couple of months however Sajin began to default on his interest payments and the Fernandos filed action for Rs. 3.5 million inclusive of interest in the district court of Colombo.
Shirani Fernando when contacted by this newspaper declined any further comment except to state that the case had been concluded and the chapter was closed.
That apart, the subscribers to this company were of course Sajin de Vass Gunawardena of 4/1, First Lane Egodawatte Road, Boralesgamuwa, his brother Rohan de Vass Gunawardena also of the same address and Charini Vilakshana de Silva of 117/18, Jaya Mw; Temple Road, Kalubowila who was his first wife.
The smooth talking Sajin is currently in his third marriage and the relevance of that is only to focus on a financial issue involving the second wife.
As at the annual return date of 14/01/1997 Sajin held the majority shares in the company while CF Venture Fund Ltd. was the only other major shareholder.
CF Venture Fund was the finance management company that Sajin approached to finance his FTZ venture. One Hiniduma Liyanage Lakpriya Manoharan Nanayakkara was on the board of CFVF and to the powers that be at CFVF Sajin looked like a personable young man who could get things done. And so they backed his venture for approximately Rs. 2-3 million.
At the time 40% of the funding was provided by CFVF. Approximately 20% by the NDB through equity injection and the rest of the funds was provided by Sajin himself.
It was not soon after that it was discovered that he was siphoning funds from Tapes International Company account to a private bank account. He was in fact drawing out money and issuing certificates on board resolutions even though the Board had never met or resolved any such money transactions.
On June 21, 1996 Sajin was to bring in his father Abeydeera De Vass Gunawardena as a director. At the same time he was also to bring in his uncle, Nandana Abeysuriya who was last month killed in a claymore attack at Wilpattu .
Be that as it may, it was now discovered by the board that Sajin had allegedly claimed he had paid a sum of approximately Rs. 5 million to a construction contractor, Sarath De Costa.
By this time one of Sajin’s close friends, Manoharan Nanayakkara had taken majority control of the company. But Sajin and Manoharan were to fall out – with Sajin in fact even walking into Manoharan’s room at CF Venture Fund and abusing him.
Manoharan Nanayakkara was to resign as a director of Tapes on October 29, 1996.
In January 1997 Manoharan more famously known as Mano Nanayakkara was to sell his shares in the company. It was a Korean company called Young An Lanka Pvt. Ltd. of Export Processing Zone Malwana, Biyagama in the exclusive business of making caps that bought these shares. Thus on February 5, 1997 Choon Jo Kim, Sang Heon Lee and Hyn Jun Lee of this company were appointed as directors of Tapes.
It was on the very same day that Charini Vilakshini De Silva, daughter of former SSP Carlyle Silva resigned. Charini was of course Sajin’s first wife.
Subsequently the Korean company was also to become suspicious about the financial activities of Sajin de Vass Gunawardena. They immediately prepared to bring in lawyers from the United States and to retain other legal luminaries from Sri Lanka to look after their interests at Tapes.
It was at this time that one Sharma of Indian origin was brought in to pump money to the ailing Tapes International Pvt. Ltd. Sharma was in fact introduced to Sajin through his uncle Gamini Abeysuriya who in turn was introduced to Sharma by Dubsy Kanagaratnam of George Steuart fame.
Somewhere in 1999/2000 relations began to sour between Sharma and Sajin. On a complaint made by Sharma the Fraud Bureau filed a case against Sajin in the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court. Sajin was then remanded for a period of 10 days in the Mahara remand prison. However his father again had to rescue the young alleged habitual fraudster and pull some strings in order to place him at the Mahara prison hospital instead.
Standing bail for him in the case were his uncles, the late Nanda Abeysuriya, and Gamini Abeyusirya, formerly director marketing at Singer Sri Lanka. Later Sajin’s father sold his house in Wijerama Mawatha, Gangodawila to settle Sharma and thus the case was settled. Sajin’s father then moved to a residence in Battaramulla.
Account wiped out
The lawyer who appeared for Sajin in the case was Lakshman Ranasinghe.
There is now also a debt recovery action filed against Gunawardena by HNB over Tapes International and the case is now pending in the Colombo Civil court.
Nonetheless it was not long after the Sharma affair that Sajin left for Dubai to work with Trico.
If this were all it would yet be sufficient. However the list of Sajin’s transgressions goes on and on. It was his first wife Charini’s father, former Senior Superintendent of Police, Carlyle de Silva that was now the victim of this smooth talking man. Sajin it is alleged had wanted Rs. 600,000 to get him out of another familiar financial crisis. Being a kind and trusting father-in-law, Carlyle was to give his son-in-law at the time, Sajin, a blank cheque. Sajin allegedly quickly wrote down the enhanced sum of Rs. 2 million and by this wiped out the bank account of Carlyle Silva. Carlyle, a long time friend of President Rajapakse’s brother Chamal, himself a former police officer in despair wrote to him detailing the facts of the matter and Sajin’s subterfuge.
Sale of car
And then of course there was the other little matter of the car. It was somewhere in early 1996 that his business ally at the time, Mano Nanayakkara who was then married to Lakmali Nanayakkara of Ernst & Young, was successfully sold a car by Sajin that did not belong to him.
In 1996 Mano Nanayakkara was still dealing with Sajin in connection with Tapes International and was perhaps still a tad impressed by the smart smooth talking young man. So when in February or March 1996 Sajin drove in with an almost new black Mitsubishi Lancer and made a sales pitch the couple decided to purchase the car. The car had done some ridiculously low mileage of 2000 miles. The couple felt that a new car would go at about Rs. 950,000 and was happy to pay Rs. 850,000 for it. Sajin in fact even issued a receipt for the payment received.
It was then that the excreta hit the fan. One day as the old driver employed by Nanayakkara was driving in to United Motors he was stopped and told that the car he was driving was infact theirs. Sajin had apparently leased the car from United Motors and with no ownership title had sold the car to a third party. He was also overdue in rental payments and had defaulted for about four months.
United Motors now made a complaint to the police and very soon uniformed police personnel visited the Nanayakkara house in Talahena and requested them to report to the Mulleriyawa police station.
Sources close to Mano Nanayakkara who now reside in Brisbane, Australia told this newspaper that it was then that Mano had confronted Sajin and asked him to return the Rs. 850,000 and return the car to United Motors or face a jail term given the fact he had a reciept for the sale, and the matter was sorted out accordingly.
But as we said the list does not stop. Now he gets entangled with a foreign national, Pauline Edwina Williams, holder of British Passport Number 022542371. Somewhere in September 2002 she was residing in room 242 at the Trans Asia Hotel. Williams was distraught. She was the proprietor of a pleasure yacht ‘Croft Original’ which was at the time lying at the yard at Colombo Engineering Enterprises in Colombo.
She had entrusted the repairs of this yacht to one Frank Wilfred Perera of No. 6, 7th Avenue, Alexandria Estate Jaela. She had remitted to the account of Wilfred Perera the sum of Sterling Pounds 9500 for the said repair to account number 8810002051 at the Commercial Bank at Jaela on April 24, 2002.
Wilfred Perera meanwhile had passed away on June 10, 2002 without being able to effect any repairs and Williams now proceeded to intervene in the testamentary proceedings 324/T for the recovery of this amount.
The late Wilfred Perera of course was interestingly connected. Sajin having divorced Charini De Silva married for the second time Wilfred Perera’s daughter, Dilrukshi, an airline stewardess. Pauline Edwina Williams also alleged that she had sent in October 2000 another sum of US$ 11,000 to Perera also for repairs but no repairs were done.
But Pauline had another grouse. It was obvious that Sajin was now getting involved in yacht repairs. Perhaps it was one reason why his father requested the top post at Sri Lanka Ports Authority during Ranil Wickremesinghe’s premiership. A post that was denied him.
Be that as it may, Pauline Edwina Williams in her complaint to the Fraud Bureau stated that Sajin De Vass Gunawardena accepted a sum of US$ 8,000 for the repair of her yacht but no repairs were affected by him. As Williams was leaving the country she effected a Special Power of Attorney through K. P. Law Associates of 218 Hulfstdorp Street, Colombo 12 on September 27, 2002 appointing an associate to act as her attorney. He was empowered through the special power of attorney to appear before the Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau or any other police station in respect of the complaint made against Sajin.
In fact the Fraud Bureau through Inspector Pillai (now ASP) obtained an arrest warrant and informed the person holding the power of attorney they were looking to arrest Sajin. The Fraud Bureau thereafter went to the Jaela residence at Alexandria Estate only to be told Sajin was working at Trico. At Trico the Fraud Bureau was told Sajin had left to work in their Dubai office.
Not long after Sajin was to be divorced from Wilfred’s daughter.
So it is this very disturbed and habitually fraudulent young man who had already been rejected by Ranil Wickremesinghe for his dubious track record who was now taken in by Rajapakse, desperate perhaps for English speaking personable young persons to flash up his act.
Anyway having invited the young man to work for him Rajapaksa winged his way back having been shown around Dubai by Sajin. When Sajin returned in 2003 he was to work for Rajapaksa. Immediately after the general election victory of the UPFA in 2004 and Rajapakse ascended the Prime Ministership and the Highways Ministry, Sajin was appointed General Manager of the Maga Neguma project. Later however he was accused of making over payments to a company run by one of his uncles who stood bail for him in the Sharma case and he was moved out from this position as consultant to the the Palaly runway and KKS breakwater rehabilitation projects.
Sajin was in fact so influential with the then Prime Minister Rajapaksa he would sit on invitation at board meetings of the Maga Neguma Road Construction Equipment Co. Ltd. even though he was not a form 48 bona fide director.
But if he was invaluable for whatever reason when Rajapaksa was prime minister and leader of the opposition he became even more useful during the presidential campaign last year.
Sajin booked in his name and on behalf of the Rajapaksa camp 25 rooms at the five star Cinnamon Grand Hotel to promote the Mahinda Chinthana campaign. The massive bills run up by those using the rooms were however paid regularly with Sajin coming over to the hotel personally and settling the bills. Sajin himself occupied one of the rooms.
However things became a little more sticky after Rajapaksa’s victory in November 2005. Almost all those who were occupying the rooms vacated them but there was an outstanding bill of well over Rs. 2 million. To the consternation of the hotel this bill was not settled.
However the Cinnamon Grand now resorted to ‘hostage’ taking in sheer desperation. Fortunately for them one single remnant of the Rajapaksa campaign camp remained. That was none other than Dayan Jayatilleka, who is a presidential advisor.
Lo and behold when Jayatilleka having possibly had enough of hotel life attempted to check out he was told that the hotel could not let him leave unless the outstanding bill is paid in full.
Apologising profusely, the hotel told him ‘we are very sorry but you are the only insurance we have to get our money back.’
Jayatilleka shot back, “don’t ask me, ask Sajin about this. He is supposed to make the payments.”
So Dayan stayed on as insurance while the hotel tried to contact Sajin who was not available for a couple of days. Nonetheless when the hotel finally reached him Sajin immediately told them, I will have the cash for you in half an hour. And as he promised, the cash of approximately over Rs. 2.5 million was paid and Jayatilleke released from ‘hotel’ arrest.
Question is how did Sajin have the money in half an hour? Has he declared these monies to income tax? Worse still is he collecting these from public funds with or without the knowledge of the President?
In the final analysis does a man with such a track record deserve to hold public office? As Coordinating Secretary to the Head of State at that? In President Rajapaksa’s book, we guess he does.
Sajin unavailable for comment
The Sunday Leader tried several times to reach Sajin’s office and get through to him on his mobile phone but could not do so. We thus left a message with a lady staffer in his office at the Presidential Secretariat and stated we were writing an article and would like to speak to him urgently in that regard.
We also verified with her Sajin’s email address and sent him a list of questions which we hope he would answer for publication in next week’s issue of The Sunday Leader.
*This article appeared on 2006 07 02 in The Sunday Leader
Thalaivar / October 3, 2014
Please write often [Edited out].
sanjay / October 3, 2014
yes, happy to read something written by you after a long time.
Yehiya / October 4, 2014
correct person to MR gang.All the timbers get together in Moratuwa.end is enemy to Rajapakse.
Dodo / October 4, 2014
Many thanks for this Sonali dear. Because of his godeya background MR is impressed by crooks like Sajin and Nivard Cabral ONLY because they speak fluent English and a slick operators.
It is clear that Mahinda Rajapaksa who is only fluent in Sinhala has a huge INFERIORITY COMPLEX when it comes to the English language. This is evident in his ultra SInhala Buddhist nationalism to make up for the lack of English education and access to world culture…
The uncultured Rajapakse family also loves BLING – glittering gold plated lifestyles.. fast cars and casinos and their idea of development is Western JUNK FOOD, even as they claim to be Sinhala Buddhist nationalists!
Mahinda is godey to die, admires and is impressed by BLING , crooks and smooth talkers who speak good English and have a slick manner and love the high life!
Hence, Mahinda Rajapakse is happiest as king of Sinhala Modayas, because of his Sinhala /Hambantoa rural background and lack of ENGLISH EDUCATION, CULTURE AND CULTURAL CAPITAL – hence his fake Sinhala Nationalism as he runs behind the western capitalist BLING lifestyle which he thinks is DEVELOPMENT!
At heart MR is a simpleton and is fearful and impressed when it comes to dealing with those who speak fluent English.
Yehiya / October 4, 2014
We salute to Sonali,I hope to see you in CT
srilal / October 3, 2014
” Lo and behold when Jayatilleka having possibly had enough of hotel life attempted to check out he was told that the hotel could not let him leave unless the outstanding bill is paid in full.
Apologising profusely, the hotel told him ‘we are very sorry but you are the only insurance we have to get our money back.”
i couldn’t stop laughing after reading the above paragraph , one day poor Dayan will have to do the same thing before the whole nation !
Jayantha / October 3, 2014
To complete what Sonali Samarasinghe has written,
Mano Nanayakkara separated from his first wife Lakmali Gunawardene Nanayakkara Partner of Earnst & Young and took off with Sajin’s first wife Charini De Silva. Lakmali Gunawardene, Mano’s first wife died under tragic circumstances later at her own residence run over by their daughter. Mano and Charini are estranged now and they have three children. Mano Nanayakkara is the brother of Priyanthi Nanayakkara Peris wife of the present CJ Mohan Peris.
MR, CJ, and Sajin inclusive have all gone to Rome to invite the Pope to come to Sri Lanka in January 2015, to boost MR’s chances of winning the Presidency for the third time. I only hope the Pope is appraised of who these individuals are and what their agenda is and request him to refrain from coming. The position today is that even if Jesus himself comes alive, will not be able to save this Fraud and Murderer MR from the impending punishment he richly deserves.
AVB / October 4, 2014
What are the most important things about this article?
Written in 2006 by Sunday Leader journalist. It is obvious that Sonali had put lot of energy & time to gather information for this detailed article. We all know that MR family with help of Sajin Vass type guys, completely destroy this paper and its journalists. How is Sonali’s life now? Is the country pays her back for her service to the country? Or punished her?
We all heard what happened to Sunday Leader chief editors and paper itself later on, so I don’t think Sonali is having a fair go in SL unless she changed herself completely to become typical S-Sinhalese..
Quality of journalism of this article & time of publishing (2006), and then the current situation (2014) of Sunday Leader and those journalist would give a clear picture of catalyst corrosion happening in SL in the last few years.. Could Sonali even try to gather facts of Sajin Vass after 2009 to write second part of this article?
AVB / October 4, 2014
I just checked Sonali’s name in the web…. I found the obvious answer… She was chased away from the country too, this is how uncivilized country like Lanka treat her civilized members…
paul / October 3, 2014
*This article appeared on 2006 07 02 in The Sunday Leader
Thank you CT. The Sunday Leader would not be able to reprint this article today.
Sirimal / October 3, 2014
Previous presidents had only a renowed kind of advisors for them and THIS man MR to have total corrupted guys with high criminal energies explain every thing about the critical nature of today s regime.
Namal Perera / October 3, 2014
Exactly, what else can we expect in a corrupt lawless Banana Republic with Jungle Law that serve and protect only CRIMINALS? Only way out is to rediscover our lost Democratic Sri Lanka and chase away all the CRIMINALS controlling our Mother Lanka now.
Kiri Yakka / October 3, 2014
Pity that the hotel left Dayan off the hook. Had they kept him there the country would have been better off. And it would have been a much cheaper option than the diplomatic damage he has caused upon his release.
Bensen Burner / October 3, 2014
Thanks for publishing this paper by the brilliant Sonali whose contributions are often missed. Water it is said seeks its own level.Bensen
senaka de Z. Sirwardena / October 3, 2014
A man is often judged by the company he keeps.
This is the saying of the day! Thanks.
Sellam / October 3, 2014
You can always judge men by those they gather around them. Big men attract big men . Little men gather cronies smaller than themselves.
Peter Casie Chetty / October 3, 2014
This man is an embarrassment to all you are in the same room as he is. Even his many enemies tend to move away from this ebola virus.
Matilda Ellepola / October 3, 2014
Interesting to note that the present day saint our beloved Dayan J was also a partner of crime of Sajja Vaas GONwardana at that time and doing all the dirty tricks to get the Tsunami Hora as the president.
Hats off for Ranil W to keep this rogue away.
perera / October 3, 2014
RAJAPAKSE IS AN IDIOT.
THAT IS WHY HE KEEPS COMPANY WITH LOW LIFES LIKE SAJIN AND TOLERATEE SCUMBAGS LIKE GNANASARA.
IF I AM WRONG PLEASE POINT IT OUT AND EXPLAIN TO ME.
samuel Jaya / October 3, 2014
Birds of a feather flock together – makes it very crystal.
Once Beliatththa thug as had been in that era seem to have no attitude changes made in person though acting even better than Amitha Bachchan before the locals. But western world knows perfectly well Rajapakshe does not fit.
Dr M.L.Najimudeen / October 3, 2014
Nice to see the article of Sonali Samarasinghe after a long time.
Sarath Silve / October 3, 2014
Thank you Sonali for sending us the “Biography” of another ACE crook in Rajapakse Medamoolana Government.
Hat’s off to Ranil for discrediting the crook from UNP.
So Pres.Rajapakse sends spies to spy on Sri Lankan delegations where ever and when ever they travel. What a scare crow and a power hungry lunatic.
What happened in NY could not be an isolated case, but another well planned execution with the blessings from Top.
Miss our Hero Journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge.
Backlash / October 3, 2014
“Birds of a feather flock together” is an old English saying. In fairness to MR one must admit his public record is not as dubious
as Sajin’s. But to keep a man with such a criminal and sordid record
within the higher echelons of President Rajapakse is intriguing, to put it mildly.
Thank you CT for doing a public service by revealing the vices of those close to the President and his familial government.
I am afraid the reproduction of this piece rubs Dayan J, with high ambitions of a comeback, on the wrong side. Surely being held hostage by a 5-Star hotel for not paying bills is not the stuff hopeful international diplomats – who dream of setting the UN in Geneva and NYC on virtual fire with their learning and wisdom – are made of.
Do we have a Govt or a mafia with crooked goons within it running the country in our name. Did Lasantha meet his fate for revelations of this calibre.
punchinilame / October 3, 2014
With this kind of track-record, will not the Opposition and other related
Organisations demand the suspension of SVG until an inquiry is concluded
of an ex-criminal.
MR will deny knowledge of Sajins past. Birds of the same feather of course.
It is this kind of investigative journalism that Sonali had to run away
from this corrupt Regime.
douglas / October 4, 2014
One thing we must appreciate in him is his ability and skills in swindling all these “Big Brains” and rounding all of them to his net like a good fish catch. Bravo and Excellent job. Continue with the work, our leaders need people like you. Most of those swindling were with private parties and relatives and that would have given him the required skill development training to get into public arena.
One thing that has been dropped from the article is the formation of Mihin Air and how he gobbled Rs. 3.00 Billion of Tax Payers money. And also very recent the “hiring” of Consultancy Firms” in USA and the “Agreements” signed even giving address of private buildings in Colombo where no official Ministry or Government Departments are housed. Those Agreements have committed the Government of Sri Lanka to again millions of dollars and that are tax payers money. That is what our concern is and so far not a single member either of the Government or the Opposition cared to take up and bring him to book. Does that mean “all are in his pocket”? OR mortally scared of him not because of receiving a thundering slap but could be a sound of a lethal weapon?
Incidentally, Ms. Senali Amarasinghe, please tell us what happened to that second wife by the name “Dilrukshi” the airline stewardess and whose father was Mr. Wilfred Perera. Is she still among the living? If not what exactly happened to her? Look forward to reading it and thank you.
Prasanna / October 4, 2014
Difference btwn Ranil and Medamulana Gangkabara Mara. Stupid srilankan sinhala voters wont understand this whatever said and done
Hameed Abdul Karim / October 4, 2014
Thank you, CT. Even though this piece is dated, it refreshes our minds. And to you Sonali, it was nice to see your picture. Can’t you start writing for CT from wherever you are?
Stay safe and may God protect you. We miss you.
Hameed Abdul Karim
Nalin / October 4, 2014
I wonder whether the author bothered to write about the crooks in governments before President Rajapakse. In my opinion some people close to the rulers always take some tax money home. It’s good to always have some checks and balances but this article Ventures too deep into the personal matters of the person in question.
K.A Sumanasekera / October 4, 2014
Sonali and Sunday Leader haves gone in to a lot of trouble to write this Auto biography of Sajin Vaas.
Only thing they have missed is to find something to connect him to our ex DIG Vaas Gunawardena. which would have been the ultimate….
Mallaiyuran / October 4, 2014
For the first time, and easy from a Sinhalese writer, with out blaming LTTE, start to end, tightly sticking to the heading has been produced. Writer could have very strongly argued, in 1995, without any option, as LTTE’s fights had caused the Jaffna people to out of Jaffna in mass exodus as Lanka has seen never before that or after, there was no other choice for Sajin Pot but to go for this type of Jil-Mal life. It would have been absolutely adhering Mahindha Chitanta and perfectly ok with Sinhala Buddhist Logic. But the writer did not attempt to hide that the negotiation set under the secret monitoring mission of Sajin The Kudu Pot is only an eye washing attempt to buy arms from 20 western countries.
Those who have read this should send this to every High Commissions and embassy in Sri Lanka.
Even Champica has asked that there should be an investigation for the cruelty done for this mouth-less life, which is suffering silently(But Champica is little different from all others who are demanding for an investigation. He has said there should be complain filed before investigation start). There is not much left for the big mouthed Chris Norris. The Guru Dhayan Jeyathilka has set the path already. Hereafter, can well fill up the CNN, BBC, CT, Sunday-times and other columns with how the King, graceful angel the King trying hard to save the Lanka, but it is the Sajin the Kudu Vase who is spoiling the Kingdom.
The crown jewel of the comedy is, when the King returned to Lanka, he declared that he had made John Kerry to get under his feet and now the America is tamed. But Today other news denying it as completely a cooked up story and have given to know that the Kerry’s talk with King was on the opposite side. A similar story was spread of Modi too. But the Tamils is in turmoil. Nobody there to comment of Lanka’s Kings cook up.
eira / October 4, 2014
This is great. Keep writing to educate pulic about these thugs. Can some one write about the big boss? specially the days he was working in Vidyodaya library!
LAKSHMAN / October 4, 2014
In a way I DO NOT OFFEND SAJIN..WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE HIM IN THE GOVERNMENT.HE IS TALENTED IN A DEVIOUS WAY INCLUDING GETTING IN TO THE OBAMAS BANK ACCOUNT..IF HE WANTS TO.HE JUST USE HIS BRAIN 99 % THAN OTHER SRI LANKANS.HE GETS WHAT HE WANTS IN HIS LIFE.WELL IT IS SNEAKY….. SO WHAT.
srilal / October 4, 2014
“catch me if you can “
Srinath Gunaratne / October 7, 2014
That is very thoughtful of you Lakshman, Teach your children too the same lesson, Forget about ethics, decency, Kill even dogs to make money. Trust me you are not alone, There are many Sri Lankans think like you, I will not be surprised if you say you have a UNI degree too, Sri Lanka is in current pathetic state thanks to people like you, Keep up the good work,
PS, There is an election coming, Why not start pasting posters for the winner, That is the start for a wonderful life with Helicopters, Houses and luxury cars!
K.A Sumanasekera / October 4, 2014
When LankaeWeb and Sunday Leader try to demolish our Govt Officials, one would understand that the latter must have done some good work for the country and the great majority of the inhabitant population.
Sunil Mohan / October 4, 2014
It s a superb one, cant we translate in simple Sinhala language and issue among all the voters of Sri Lanka prior to the national elections , so that theses idiots would be completely wiped out from politics
Fazl Muhammed / October 4, 2014
Thank you Sonali… Await my next article on the murder of my hero Lasantha, allegedly by Mr. Gotabhaya….
May God be with you.
Karu / October 4, 2014
It is timely.
(Are you still alive?)
Colombo citizen / October 4, 2014
You have clearly analysed the barbaric background of the Kekilla Rajuruwa and his SINHALA only background.you cannot expect anything different from Rajapaksas.
poosa / October 4, 2014
Sajin owns the Amethyst hotel at Passikudah as well
NAK / October 5, 2014
Are the Vass Gunewardene’s going through a bad patch or are they born bad?
Upasiri de Silva / October 5, 2014
Sonali’s article when appeared in July 2006 didn’t create a serious backlash on Mahinda Rajapaksa as the LTTE war was in full swing. Sonali is quite right about Ajith Navad Cabraal and his bad reputation. The day Ajith Navad was appointed as the CB Governor, I was with a very heavy weight inner circle person very close to Mahinda R attending to some official business in Anuradhapura. This very important person got a SMS message to say that Ajith was appointed as the CB Governor. This was what he said: “I advised President not to appoint Ajith Navad Cabraal as the CB Governor as he is corrupt and will bring down the country as he is a first class crook” He has completed that now.
Ajith proved that he is not having any knowledge about how to win Commercial Bank Executives. I was present as a Consultant at a meeting where 22 Bank Chiefs and their assistants met the CB Governor with the Presidential and MOD senior Officials to make them to contribute funds to construct houses for the Tri-Service people waiting to get houses. Ajith commenced the meeting saying that the President has requested him to request all the Commercial Bank Executives to help raised funds to build 50,000 houses in 2 years.As a detail programmed was prepared and distributed to construct the 50,000 houses in 8 years, with a copy given to Ajith, I tried to correct him but I failed to educate him. The meeting lasted not more than 40 mts, but none of the bank Executives contributed or promised to contribute any funds to construct the Ranawiru Housing, as Ajith insisted the houses should be constructed in 2 years.
Sajin Vass as the GM of Maganeguma was responsible for getting low quality Colas (Tar) with Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa, First Lady, and the story goes that he got kicked out as he tried to play out Mrs. Rajapaksa.
I knew Sajin’s first wife Charini De Silva, daughter of Carlyle De Silva, when he was working as and ASP in PNG, as a very beautiful 16 year old school girl with good manners. Later I heard from a friend of mine that she got married to Abe de Vass Gunawardena’s son Sajin.
Sajin is a crook and a man hell bent on making money and his qualification to serve for Mahinda Rajapaksa is his ability to support Mahiunda in all his activities.
It is a same a president of a country use crooks like Sajin as his coordinating Secretary and appoint him as a monitoring MP for the EM.
With such advisers Sri Lanka will be always in the BIG picture.
chutta / October 7, 2014
This man has all the qualifications for his current job, for a promotion to be a minister he need to do more. He is on the road for next promotion. This is Sri Lanka.