The President is angered by the statement made by JHU Leader, Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero that the police after conducting an investigation for five months following theft at the National Museum located in a high security area had only managed to arrest a group of drug addicts, sources from temple Trees said.
The President has told several ministers that the JHU has for some time been making comments and issuing statements that have placed the government in difficulty and has ordered the IGP to immediately respond to Ven. Sobitha Theros’ comment. The Police Spokesperson said that the Thero’s comment was very insulting.
The President’s Media Unit has asked the state and private media institutions to give wide publicity to the Police Spokesperson’s response to Ven. Sobitha Thero’s comment.
There were several minor clashes between the President and the JHU leaders in the past few months.
JHU parliamentary group leader, Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thero had made several comments against the government and the President has decided to boycott events organized by the JHU.
The President was invited as the chief guest for ECO Revolution 2012 organized by Ven Ratana Thero and India’s ECO needs on August 18th and 19th at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. However the President managed to avoid it saying he had to attend the event held to mark the arrival of the sacred Kapilavasthu relics from India.
Over 175 representatives from India, Korea, Nepal and Bangladesh attended ECO Revolution 2012 and External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris participated in the event in place of the President.