Several Complaints On Mahinda’s Bodyguard

by Rajith Gunawardena

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has received several complaints regarding the bodyguard of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. CID sources said that complaints have been received against retired Major Nevil Wanniarachchi alleging he had misused the powers he had when Rajapaksa was President.

He had allegedly obtained nearly Rs. 1.5 million for each tour. He had also taken ownership of three residencies built for government officials in Kandy, and according to sources, his friends are now occupying those houses.

It has also come to light that a petrol shed he built on an illegally obtained land in the Weeraketiya area has been blocking the free flow of rain water causing severe floods and the public in the area have been engaging in protests demanding that the petrol shed be removed. However, the bodyguard had exploited a senior official of the media centre of the former President and had taken steps to prevent the media from publishing any reports on the protests.

It is also learnt that nearly all the promotions and demotions in the police service had been carried out under the purview of this bodyguard. Furthermore, it is alleged that the former President had instructed senior officials of the security forces not to take any action against his bodyguard’s illegal activities.

The Sunday Leader attempted to reach the retired Major Nevil Karunaratne to obtain a comment on the allegation against him but he could not be reache