Law will apply if Samurdhi official lodges Police complaint against Mervyn – Keheliya

Mervyns conduct totally uncalled for=‘Siyatha’ an even better friend of govt. than Lake House

by Zacki Jabbar

The government said yesterday that the law would take its course, if the Samurdhi officer, who was tied to a tree and abused by Deputy Highways Minister Mervyn Silva on Monday, for not attending a dengue control programme, made a complaint to the police.

Cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwalle, when questioned at yesterdays Cabinet press briefing in Colombo, what action the government had taken against the errant Minister said, "If the victim makes a complaint to the Police, or Court, legal process will take effect."

Rambukwalle condemned Mervyn’s behaviour, saying that such action was totally uncalled for and indecent to the core.

Asked what the SLFP as a party was doing to restrain Mervyn, he said that a disciplinary inquiry had been initiated.

Meanwhile, in a bizarre twist to the whole episode which has been captured on camera,



Mervyn has belatedly claimed that the Samurdhi officer had volunteered to have himself tied to a tree to set an example to other ‘Samurdhi Niyamakas’.

However, informed sources said that the victim had gone into hiding and was living in fear of his life.

When questioned about the recent arson attack on ‘Siyatha’ television and radio, Rambukwalle said that they were totally puzzled because it was not a controversial station.

He dismissed allegations levelled against the government pointing out that ‘Siyatha’ was a "friend of the government. "I would say it is a better friend than even the Lake House group of newspapers. High ranking persons in Siyatha told President Mahinda Rajapaksa in my presence, that they suspect a rival for the attack."

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