The President has decided to remove Major Chandana Pradeep Soorasena from the Army Intelligence Unit, who was assaulted by Minister Mervyn Silva’s son, Malaka and later came forward to save the ministerial son. The decision to remove has been made in order to cover the negative impact the incident has had on the government and the military.
Presidential advisors have noted that some action had to be taken against the people’s rising objections against the fact that the Major had betrayed the Army. The Army Commander has appointed a three member committee to inquire into the incident and recommend the future course of action.
It is learnt that these actions are aimed at misleading the public as usual. The Army Commander has taken this step on a Presidential directive following the public sentiment against the entire court drama between Malaka and the Major.
Intelligence head of the Defence Ministry retired Major General Hendevitharana has assured the Major on a Presidential directive that he would be offered an overseas job after his removal from the force and that the future prospects of his family would be taken care of.
One of Mervyn Silva’ sponsors have already come forward to make an immediate payment of a sum of Rs. 1 million to the Major.
Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratane had also got involved in the court drama following and order from the Presidential Secretariat. He had continuously questioned the Major on the incident at the last court hearing according to the script of this political drama.
However, a dinner was held to celebrate Malaka’s release through state patronage. Malaka’s lawyers as well as those of the aggrieved party, in this instance the Major, have also attended the dinner. After the dinner, Malaka together with his friends and Iranian girl friend have gone to night clubs to continue the party.