Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday in a complaint to the CID requested them to conduct an investigation and take immediate legal actions regarding a false statement made by UPFA Kalutara District MP Piyal Nishantha de Silva during a live TV program on a local television channel.
During the interview, the MP had claimed that 11 security force personnel had died during the confrontation on Friday night in Kalmunai-Saindamarudu area between the Security Forces and a terrorist group.
The MP who participated in the live TV program also said that he would take the full responsibility of the statement that he made.
Minister Samaraweera in his letter addressed to Senior DIG, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has said that as he is aware that no security force personnel had been killed or at least injured during that Friday night’s confrontation.
“Therefore, the MP had deliberately made that statement to create unnecessary fear and promote communal and religious disputes among the people. It is very obvious this is a completely false statement made by the MP to mislead the people. This is a very opportunistic and narrow-minded statement made to gain a political mileage paving the way to create disruptive activities among communities,” the Minister said in his complaint to the Police.
The Minister in his letter said, “Under the present security situation prevails in the country, I believe making this kind of vicious statements via popular media is a serious crime. Therefore, I request to conduct an immediate investigation to ascertain whether there was any ulterior motive behind that statement made by MP Piyal Nishantha.”