By Saman Indrajith
UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday said in parliament that he would request for two days bail for him to table all the evidence in his possession with regard to phone records scandal.
He said that he was in a difficult position to table those material as he had promised on Tuesday as he was still in remand custody and do not have access to the said evidence which were safely stored at a private bank.
The beleaguered MP said so when State Minister Kanchana Wijesekara pointed out that Ramanayaka did not table the evidence he claimed he would during his special statement in Parliament on Tuesday.
MP Ramanayake said that all his equipment such as personal laptop, 04 mobile phones and hard disks were in the custody of the police, thus he needed to seek other options to provide the said materials. “All the call recordings that exceed hundred and fifty thousand are presently in possession of the police. Those call recordings are mine. So you cannot accuse me of not having material at my hand. The said call recordings are kept safely in a private bank. Since I am in remand custody I find it difficult to access them. I have already entrusted this task to my personal secretary and hopefully I would be able to table some recordings soon. It is not an easy task when spies follow my secretary,” he said.
When Ramanayake pointed out his difficulty of accessing the said material, State Minister Wijesekara requested the Deputy Speaker to grant special permission to MP Ramanayaka to extract the recorded evidence he alleged to have in possession.
“Yesterday MP Ramanayake said that he is going to table the call and video recordings and other evidence he had. Until now he had not tabled any such material. When we made statements regarding corruption, we provided solid evidence to back them. This evidence should be tabled and then released to media. Even my name was mentioned in his speech. I would like all such call recordings, including mine to be made public,” State Minister Wijesekara said.
Wijesekara also said that MP Ramanayaka was attacking and leveling allegations against all the MPs in Parliament as he planned to compete as an independent candidate in the coming general election.