JVP, JHU demand action against Emil Kanthan

by Dasun Edirisinghe

The JVP and JHU yesterday urged the government to enforce the law against LTTE Finance Manager Emil Kanthan on all charges including the alleged deal with then Presidential Candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2005.

JHU Spokesman and Western Provincial Council member Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe told The Island that several intelligence officers were being held over Pradeep Ekneligoda disappearance without evidence, but warrants against LTTE members had been dissolved.

Emil Kanthan was the LTTE’s representative who liaised with the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) under the President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga during the post–tsunami period and he handled financial activities of the LTTE, Warnasinghe said adding that the LTTE activist should be prosecuted according to the law without delay.

JVP Propaganda Secretary and Gampaha District MP Vijitha Herath said Emil Kanthan was responsible for most financial deals of the LTTE and the law must be enforced against him.

He said that main allegation against him was the deal entered with Presidential Candidate Rajapaksa in 2005.

High Court Special Commissioner Iranganie Perera dissolved the red notice and open warrant issued earlier by the High Court of Colombo against Emil Kanthan alias Anton Chamil Lakshmi Kannan on Monday.

Counsel Suranga Wedasinghe, who appeared for Emil Kanthan told the court that, Kanthan had wanted return to Sri Lanka and surrender to Court. But, he had been unable to do so because of the red notice and the open warrant. The counsel requested the court to dissolve the aforesaid order so that Emil Kanthan could return to Sri Lanka within two weeks and surrender to the court.