Senaratne is responding to a statement issued by minister Malik Samarawickrama in response to the claim he made at the cabinet news briefing on January 25.
Samarawickrama said in his statement that both the president and the PM had been told in advance that the investor for the project was Nandana Lokuwithana.
He also said cabinet papers had been submitted with regard to the land, concessions and conditions to be given for the factory and approval obtained following discussions at the ministerial subcommittee on economic management.
It is incorrect to say the land in question had been given on a lease of Rs. 100 per acre, said Samarawickrama, adding that the investor agreed to pay in one installment a sum of Rs. 170,825,000 that had been determined by the chief government valuer.
In addition, an annual fee of Rs. 10,000 will be levied for the land as per the valuation determination, he said.
Speaking to SLM, minister Senaratne said what he said was correct going by the annual fee of Rs. 10,000 for the 100 acre plot of land, adding that state land could not be provided at such a rate.
Sources at the PM’s office say there is a worsening personal dispute between Ratnayake and Samarawickrama, both close associate of the Ranil Wickremesinghe.
According to the sources, it was former MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena who had introduced Lokuwithana, accused of being the front-man to launder the black money of the Rajapaksas, to Samarawickrama.