"The conflicting versions, the telephone call between leaders, and the flurry of denials from the government of Sri Lanka pointed to the inconsistencies within government, days ahead of Mr. Wickremesinghe’s arrival in New Delhi on Thursday," The Hindu had said.
The president’s media unit says in a statement that president Maithripala Sirisena and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi had cordial discussions on the ongoing development work in Sri Lanka.
It says the two did not discuss anything about India’s intelligence service, RAW, or about a conspiracy to kill president Sirisena.
However, the Indian PM’s office in a statement quotes president Sirisena as rejecting claims attributed to him that RAW had been involved in the said plot.
It goes onto say the false reports are intended at breaching the goodwill between the two countries.
On October 17, the president and the government were busy preventing a diplomatic row between the two countries over a previous ‘The Hindu’ report that made the conspiracy claim.
Not our opinion
He had a telephone conversation with Modi, a discussion with the Indian high commissioner and issued three statements to make the denials.
Meanwhile, MP Namal Rajapaksa says MP Wimal Weerawansa expressed his personal opinion when he said that the Indian man under arrest over the alleged conspiracy is a RAW member.
Weerawansa claimed at a media briefing that the suspect was RAW-trained was spying in Sri Lanka.
He said the name given by the Indian man to Sri Lankan authorities was different from the RAW name which is Rajendra Kumar and his identity card no. is RB317217/VJ.
A spokesman for the Indian high commission refuted that claim.
He said former president Mahinda Rajapaksa too, has informed India that Weerawansa’s was not his party’s opinion.
PM Wickremesinghe is due to meet with PM Modi tomorrow.
Meets after four years
Meanwhile, the advisory council of the defence ministry met, after four years, on October 17, chaired by the president.
Deputy minister Ranjan Ramanayake, who attended the meeting, said participants strongly criticized IGP Pujith Jayasundara over his conduct with regard to the murder plot investigation.
Weerawansa too, attended and made certain references to RAW, but the president did not respond, said Ramanayake.
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told the media yesterday that an investigation should be conducted into wrong news published claiming something that had not been discussed at the cabinet.
Suspended DIG Nalaka de Silva, implicated in the plot, gave a statement to the CID yesterday.
Senior advisor to the president Shiral Lakthilake told the media that there was an attempt to play down the investigation into the murder conspiracy as a hoax and a political game.
He added that the security of president Sirisena has been strengthened following the revelation.