President Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked the heads of two private media institutions to expose corruption and frauds of SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe.
Nishantha is one of First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa’s brothers and she had blocked several attempts by the President to remove him from the post of SriLankan Airlines Chairman.
SriLankan Airlines Chairman’s house was recently burgled and he had told the police that 10,500 Sterling Pounds, US$ 11,500, a Rolex watch worth Rs. 4 million and other stuff amounting several millions of rupees that were in his possession had been robbed during the burglary.
The President has asked the media personnel to pose the question as to how he had kept such a large sum of foreign currency in violation of the laws. A senior journalist who have us this information said the President is looking at removing the SriLankan Airlines Chairman saying he had a lot of charges against him.
However, Nishantha Wickremasinghe who was managing several tea estates when Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed office as the President has now become a millionaire with the help of the First Lady.
His son, Dilshan Wickremasinghe has also become a key racketeer in the country with the help of the First Lady.
It was the First Lady who got Dilshan Wickremasinghe’s racketeer friend, Prabath Nanayakkara the sub contract of the Hambantota Port construction. However, during the 2005 Presidential election campaign, Namal Rajapaksa had banned Dilshan Wickremasinghe from entering Temple Trees saying he had not given sufficient monies for the campaign.
Although Dilshan was the local agent of the sub contractor who built the Hambantota Port, he was not invited for the opening ceremony of the port.
The President had distanced the First Lady from members of the Wickremasinghe family, but only Nishantha is in contact with her. It is learnt that the President would remove him from the post of SriLankan Airlines Chairman shortly.