Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called a prominent minister, who was engaged in a heated debate with a number of parties regarding the Avant Garde case to Temple Trees yesterday (16) and had issued a stern warning. Wickremesinghe who returned from Singapore had asked the minister to visit him immediately.
They are questioning about the fate of good governance policies,” he said. The minister told the gathering that he wished to categorically state that no harm would be done to the good governance policies. “Those who spoke in favour of Avant Garde Company gained financially.
One person who claimed to be a war hero, claimed that 5,000 war heroes would stand to lose their jobs with the closure of the Avant Garde Company,” Dr. Senaratne said.
“When a war hero attached to Avant Garde was killed in an operation abroad, the international shipping agents had paid Rs. 35 million as compensation for the loss of his life. But the manager of the company had paid only Rs. 6 million to the family of the dead war hero. The balance Rs. 29 million was stolen ,” he said.
Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), has also launched an investigation into the controversy surrounding Avant Garde security firm, its Director General Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe said yesterday.
Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne in an interview with our sister paper Mawbima Sunday issue levelled several charges against former Minister of Law and Order Tilak Marapana over the Avant Garde Armoury controversy. The minister claimed that certain persons had allegedly pressurized the Attorney General’s Department to cover up the issue.
Following are excerpts
of the interview: