Mahindananda goes to CID over audio recordings, says direct threat to him | Daily News


Mahindananda goes to CID over audio recordings, says direct threat to him

Seven former ministers directly implicated, charges soon:

Over one hundred thousand audio recordings of private conversations of UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake has surfaced during ongoing investigations, out of which at least seven former MPs are directly involved as conspirators, co-government spokesperson and Power and Renewable Energy Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage charged. Addressing a media briefing at the Ministry yesterday he said charges against those ministers will be made public in the near future.

Aluthgamage rubbished claims that statements to assassinate him were made in a lighter vein and that he was well aware of the security threat posed to him during the last few years.

“There is no such thing as a misfire,” he said. “I take those statements very seriously and will lodge a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department today. I am not surprised that I have been singled out and I was well aware of the risks even before the leaked audio tapes surfaced.”

Aluthgamage charged that in response to the statement by UNP MP Ramanayake, the former Prime Minister who was on the other end of the call did not correct MP Ramanayake and merely laughed it off, as heard in the recordings.

“I challenge the UNP leadership to take disciplinary action against this MP and oust him from the party,” he said. “It was on the very basis of a sovereign and independent judiciary and commission that the former government rode into power. With the leak of such audio recordings, the very mandate they sought power through is now questionable.”

The Minister revealed to the media that the CDs containing the audio recordings were found in a three wheeler which was allegedly left behind by the previous passenger.

Upon discovering the stash of CDs the three wheel driver had attempted to locate MP Ramanayake at his Madiwela residence but had failed to meet him. “When we went through the bag, he also found confidential documents include B reports. The three wheel driver then handed over the bag and its contents to IP Jayantha of the Mirihana Police.We now know that he had not given all of the CDs and had retained some from which the audio recordings were found and are now circulating on social media.”

“I do not know if we can contain this situation where the audio recordings are concerned,” he told the media adding that many conversations were already leaked. “But we will initiate investigations and have requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to appoint a Presidential Commission of Inquiry to look into this.” He told the media that contents of some of the recordings if leaked would cost MPs their political careers in entirety. “The claims and conversations are very damaging.Two former judges are already implicated.

There are recordings belonging to former President Maithripala Sirisena and members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.”

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