Subject minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe wanted the lawyer to tender a public apology within 24 hours over his claim, or face disbarment.
The official said documents were being drafted to be sent to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and the attorney general, seeking their advice on the possibility of taking legal action against Dias.
‘Lakshan Dias will be disbarred’
Rajapakshe issued the warning to him at the opening of a new court complex at Mankulam in Kilinochchi on June 17.
However, religious, civil society organizations and leftist leaders have condemned government authorities for hunting down those who expose attacks against Christian and Muslim interests and racist attacks, instead of arresting the attackers.