It is defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who had advised Bodu Bala Sena general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera to hold a media conference and attack fisheries minister Rajitha Senaratne. Military intelligence had provided Gnanasara Thera with the files to make the exposures there against the minister. A top SIS official has explained to the Thera about one Kadireshan, a businessman who had been very close to Senaratne.
This Kadireshan had close connections with the LTTE leaders and was also a close associate of Senaratne. It was him who had sent messages to the LTTE leadership on behalf of several politicians in the south. One of them is president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Kadireshan had been selling vehicle spare parts at Panchikawatte.
After leaving the UNP and joining the government to strengthen the president’s hands, Senaratne introduced Kadireshan to the president. The man was used to send messages to the LTTE leadership and other leaders prior to the final war against the LTTE. In the early 2009, at the president’s request, Senaratne sent Kadireshan to India.
Once the war was over, Kadireshan was brought to Sri Lanka with the mediation of the defence secretary and was arrested a few days later. That is because minister Senaratne has criticized the defence secretary while in the company of several ministers. This incident has resurfaced after minister Senaratne criticized the defence secretary, without directly mentioning his name, over the Aluthgama incident.
The SIS, on the orders of the defence secretary, is investigating a luxury upstairs house in London, which Kadireshan and another Tamil businessman have bought and gifted to minister Senaratne. Soon after receiving that information, the BBS general secretary is ready to hold his next media conference against the minister.