Yoshitha promoted to Temporary Lieutenant Commander of SL Navy | Daily News


Yoshitha promoted to Temporary Lieutenant Commander of SL Navy

The Sri Lanka Navy has promoted Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa to the rank of Temporary Lieutenant Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy with the approval of Ministry of Defense and following established Navy regulations and protocols, Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru Suriyabandara yesterday told the Daily News.

“Yoshitha Rajapaksa, who was facing suspension from the Sri Lanka Navy from February 28, 2016 had been recently reinstated to his former position as a Lieutenant on a directive issued by President Maithripala Sirisena,” said Suriyabandara.

The Ministry of Defense suspended the service of Yoshitha Rajapaksa on a request by Financial Crimes Investigation Division (CFID), which had arrested him about the now defunct Carlton Sports Network (CSN) over alleged financial discrepancies.

Asked if Yoshitha Rajapaksa had been given the promotion concerned on account of his losses due to his suspension or for his performances in the Sri Lanka Navy, Suriyabandara said that Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s promotion had come in the wake of due consideration being given to his case.

“He has made a personal request from the Sri Lanka Navy. Any Navy officer can get a sitting with the Vice Admiral of the Navy or the President to present a request letter of personal request especially after their reinstatement,” he explained.

“Yothitha Rajapaksa is currently attached to the Navy Headquarters as per procedure following his reinstatement,” he said.

He said that Rajapaksa’s promotion as a Temporary Lieutenant Commander will be valid as long as he will be in the Navy. “If he leaves, he becomes Lieutenant again.”

“For him to become Lieutenant Commander, there are protocols to be followed and exams he must face as a Temporary Lieutenant Commander,” he said.

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