Parliamentarian and JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath has rejected allegations by the Joint Opposition that the vehicle driven by him on Monday night which crashed into a telephone post was government owned.
“This is utter lies, the vehicle belongs to me, which I have had since 2012 and I continue to pay the lease to the Bank of Ceylon for it,” he told the Colombo Telegraph.
Addressing a news conference today, UPFA MP Sisira Jayakody, who represents the Joint Opposition alleged that Herath was driving a government owned vehicle at the time of the accident on Monday night.
“First they said I was driving under the influence of alcohol, after I was acquitted of that charge, now they are spreading another lie,” Herath said.
He also added that police bail was granted to him because the damage of the public property was below Rs. 25,000/-. “Usually if the damage is over Rs. 25,000 then police bail cannot be granted. But in this case, the damage was estimated at Rs. 17,423, which I agreed to pay, so there was no issue in granting police bail for me,” he added.