Ravaya editor questioned over report on prez poll outcome

By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has questioned Ravaya editor R.W. Janaranjana regarding a recent front-page news item on an alleged intelligence report pertaining to outcome of the January 8, 2015 presidential election.

The editor had been told that the CID needed a statement from him in the wake of senior intelligence officer DIG Chandra Wakista complaining about the controversial news report.

A spokesperson for Ravaya told The Island: "Although, Ravaya editor Janaranjana readily agreed to meet CID officers at his office, the police insisted that he visit the CID headquarters to record his statement.

Ravaya in its Nov. 30 edition quoted DIG Wakista as having told the government that incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa would poll only 41 per cent of votes, whereas Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena could secure 59 per cent.

And following his prediction of a major upset by the opposition candidate, the DIG had been removed from his post as head of the state intelligence service, the newspaper said.

Denying the Ravaya report, DIG Wakista called for a CID probe.

After having pledged his support to Maithripala Sirisena, former minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne extensively commented on the intelligence report. Dr. Senaratne promised to make further revelations later.

Janaranjana told The Island that all copies of Nov 30 edition of his newspaper were sold out due to government’s reaction. Responding to a query, he said that since Mrs Bandaranaike’s time, there had been an understanding that journalists would be questioned at their editorials as regards any problematic report. "The police, however, insisted whatever the arrangement earlier, law enforcement authorities expected him to visit CID headquarters."

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