Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, angered by the attack on an Army major by Public Affairs Minister Mervyn Silva’s son, Malaka Silva and Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Turkey, Bharathi Wijeratne’s son, Rehan Wijeratne on the 9th morning, had said that dogs should be in cages and not on roads. He had ordered the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) to arrest both of them.
The arrest has been delayed due to the close friendship between CCD DIG Anura Senanayake and Minister Mervyn Silva. Realizing this situation, the Defence Secretary had called Senanayake to his office and demanded that the two boys be arrested within 24 hours regardless of their connections.
Senanayake had explained the situation to Silva and asked him to get Malaka and Rehan admitted to hospital. The plan had been initiated to ensure that they would remain in hospital even if they are remanded.