CPC chief denies coup allegations

Chairman and Managing Director of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Major General (retd) Ashoka Thoradeniya yesterday denied reports that he and several other retired army officers had been involved in a conspiracy to topple the government.

In a statement issued to the media, he said:

"I wish to inform you that a foreign magazine, a website and a local newspaper recently reported that, I have been involved in a conspiracy along with several other retired Army officers.

"They also reported that Brigadier D. C. Keppetivalana has visited me at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation on the 6th January 2010, to discuss about the said conspiracy to topple the present government.

"Brigadier D. C. Keppetivalana was a student at the Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala during the same period as me. He is also a distant relative of mine. He came to see me at my office on the 5th January 2010 to get some advice, as he had been penalized and transferred to the Army Head quarters over an incident, where some of his relatives had visited him at the Army Combat Training School at Ampara.

I hereby confirm that, we have never discussed anything regarding a conspiracy to topple the government during his visit to my office on this date, even before or after this date, other than the above mentioned issue. I totally reject -the allegations made by the above mentioned media on my involvement in such a conspiracy.

"Since these allegations have ruined my reputation and that of my family, threatened our lives and the reputation of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation where I am working, I have already initiated legal action against these institutions for publishing false information and misleading the general public.

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