MP Fonseka had notified the Speaker on 29th November that by the allegations levelled against him by President Maithripala Sirisena, his parliamentary privileges had been breached.
Making a statement in parliament on Friday, Fonseka said based on a request made by him the Speaker had taken prompt action to inquire from the IGP and the IGP had responded to the Speaker’s request. In his response, he has also attached a report obtained from the Senior DIG of the CID Ravi Seneviratne, Fonseka noted.
“Senior DIG Seneviratne had notified the IGP that there is no complaint against me and they haven’t found any evidence during their investigations to suggest that I had an involvement with the assassination plot.”
Therefore, he said that it is very clear that he had no involvement with the alleged assassination attempt. “However, there is this mad man called Namal Kumara and he is continuously issuing statements implicating me. Certain media stations give publicity to such statements. I request the Speaker to advice such media institutions to refrain from publicity to such false news as it is a violation of our privileges,” Fonseka added.
“If you can take action regarding our privileges. Please inform the media that it had been proved that there is no allegation against me and under such circumstances, not to help in political agendas of others by slinging mud at us,” Fonseka urged the Speaker.
A Senior DIG is currently in remand custody on allegations of being involved in the ‘conspiracy to assassinate the President”.
Previously the President had told international media that the investigation into the assassination plot had been very slow and that as Sarath Fonseka is involved in this plot, he would not be appointed to the post of Prime Minister even if he was nominated.
Sarath Fonseka was not included in the new Cabinet that was appointed on Thursday, despite him being nominated by the Prime Minister. Hence, it was reported that Sarath Fonseka intends to take the matter to court.
Meanwhile, ‘The Hindu’ reported that the President had mentioned at the Cabinet meeting on October 16 that the Indian intelligence service ‘RAW’ had planned to assassinate him.
However, the Sri Lanka government denied this statement the next day stating that the President had not made such an accusation.