Attempts by the Defence Secretary to keep Minister Mervyn Silva’s son, Malaka Silva in remand for at least one week for assaulting Army Major Chandana Pradeep Susena has failed. Silva had managed to approach the Army major a few hours after Malaka’s arrest.
The Army Major presented a motion to the Fort Magistrate’s Court on the 18th through his lawyer saying that Malaka and Rehan Wijeratne had not attacked him during the clash at Jaic Hilton and that he was ready to reach a settlement with them.
The Defence Secretary has ordered the Army Commander on the 17th that the Major be removed from the Army after it was revealed that he had also served as a bodyguard to well known Casino businessman, Nalin Fonseka.
Therefore, it was Nalin Fonseka who has coordinated the work for Malaka’s release in order to safeguard the interests of the Major.
Nalin Fonseka was a powerful figure behind the scenes during the tenure of President Chandrika Kuamartunge due to his close link to SP Nihal Karunaratne, who was the head of the President’s security. Nalin Fonseka’s sister Sheela is married to private secretary to the late Sirimavo Banadaranaike and the secretary to the Prime Minister, Hemasiri Fernando.
However, once the Rajapaksas assumed office, they commenced a clear up operation of the underworld and one of Fonseka’s and Mervyn Silva’s relatives, “Nawala Nihal” went missing. Fonseka also went underground for a while. However, Fonseka maintains a close link with Minister Thondaman.
Fonseka has however intervened to get his relative, Malaka released and had built a link between the Minister and the Major.
Silva had met the President afterwards and informed of his plan. The President had told Silva that he had looked into the welfare of Malaka and Rehan and had asked the prison authorities to admit them to the Prison Hospital and provide them with all the facilities. The President had also asked Silva to remain silent until the 24th.
However, Silva had said it would not be good for his image to keep silent and had explained his plan to the President.
The President had agreed to the plan and asked Silva not to get into an unwanted clash with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Silva had engaged in this conversation with the President while the latter was doing his daily exercise routine.
The Minister had also criticized Minister Dullas Alahapperuma and JHU’s Udaya Gammanpila.
An Army Intelligence officer told us that although the Major who was attacked had gone to the Jaic after ending his duty, the log book has been taken to the Army Headquarters to be altered to indicate that he had gone to Jaic without signing out from his duty.