The JVP says attempts by Former President Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa in attempts to portray the Former Presidential Secretary and former Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Lalith Weerathunga as innocent cannot be accepted.
Addressing a media breifing held today JVP MP Vijitha Herath said as the individual claims he is an attorney, he must read the 19th Constitutional Amendment adding that it details persons who are not considered as state employees.
The MP said the Presidential Secretary is not included in that list adding that however, someone could claim that Lalith Weerathunga was involved prior to the approval of the 19th amendment.
MP Vijitha Herath said the constitution states, a Presidential Secretary cannot go against the country’s constitution, written law or international law adding that now based on the constitution they want to acquit him however it is evident to the public about the misappropriation.
The MP said Lalith Weerathunga cannot claim constitutional immunity adding that even if he was not a public servant, he cannot distribute state funds as it is a clear violation.
Furthermore MP Vijitha Herath questioned as to why if the decision to distribute ‘sil material’ was an executive one, why then wasn’t the transaction in this regard entered into the budget document.
The MP said the former president Mahinda Rajapaksha states it was based on a government decision adding that if it was a state policy, as the Finance Minister, the former president should have been included the allocation in the previous year’s Budget proposal.
The MP noted it should have been allocated that for next year to distribute sill material 600 million rupees should be allocated from the TRC adding that no statements are available in this regard.
The Parliamentarian said it is evident, the decision was based on the election and it was propaganda adding that there was a clear violation and they have misappropriated state funds.
MP Herath said after the verdict was pronounced, the former President Mahinda Rajapaksha says he issued directives a fact he should have revealed whilst the case was ongoing.