The Rajapaksas are going to lodge a complaint to the Bribery or Corruption Investigation Commission against former Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva, say sources close to him. This is in retaliation to his having complained to the commission against Basil and Gotabhaya.
In order to drive their point in the complaint, Rajapaksas have traced deeds of several plots of land owned by Mervyn. Their closest associates have sent a copy of one of them to ‘Lanka News Web.’ Among the properties owned by Mervyn are a three-storey building at Nawala Road, Nugegoda and another building (Transwater Engineering) opposite to it. Both were given up by owners who loaned money from him.
Mervyn bought a 20-perch business premises at Pittala Junction, Colombo 07 for Rs. 85 million, although its real value exceeds Rs. 160 million, and it was written to the name of his son Malaka. In addition, he has bought to the names of his daughter and the son-in-law a five-storey building at Park Road, Colombo 05 and two apartments from a super luxury housing scheme at Colombage Mawatha, Colombo 05. Also, there is a 52 acre coconut plantation to the name of his wife Lucida. Gampaha district MP and Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha former chairman Prasanna Ranaweera has given the Rajapaksas the copies of deeds of a two-acre reclaimed land at Gala Junction at Kelaniya and several mortgaged houses at Nugegoda, Kirulapone, Maharagama and Mirihana.
Rajapaksas have also found that Mervyn owns several mortgaged vehicles, one of them worth Rs. 20 million.
Getting to know about this complaint, the FCID summoned on October 29 Mervyn’s best followers Ranjan Silva alias Kalu Ranja and Namal Ratnayake, who lost his position as chairman of Agricultural Insurance Board over the Mavilaru fraud, and questioned them at length. Kalu Ranja, the owner of a car sale, whose main income is loaning black money to government and opposition politicians, is the person who collects interest money of Mervyn. The money belonging to deceased politicians has been forfeited to Mervyn.
Coming to know that Kalu Ranja had been summoned to the FCID, a powerful minister in the ‘Yaha Paalana’ government, who has given him money for his loan businesses, spoke to the FCID on his behalf. After the interrogation, Kalu Rana said, “I revealed everything I know about Mervyn.”