The panel of specialists appointed to probe into the incident by Wildlife and Forest Conservation Minister C.B. Rathnayake, has revealed this.
Jagath Samantha is also the brother of State minister Sanath Nishantha Perera, who had ironically stated to journalists that he was not connected to the incident.
The committee report was tabled in Parliament yesterday (09) and concluded that the shrimp cultivation centre was contracted for reconstruction through Poruwathotage Sujith Nishantha Fernando the backhoe driver by Warnakulasuriya Nishantha Fernando, adding that the project was undertaken on the request by former chairman of Arachchikattuwa Pradeshiya Sabha Jagath Samantha.
Samantha had acquired the aforesaid land for shrimp cultivation on a number of occasions earlier, the report added.
Both Minister Sanath Nishantha and his brother Jagath Samantha were previously bailed after being remanded on charges of assaulting the Arachchikattuwa Divisional Secretary.