Another Sri Lanka "Committee" to investigate ex-Minister's tree fiasco
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 18 August 2010, 01:50 GMT]
Sri Lanka's President Rajapakse's ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Tuesday appointed a three member committee to inquire into the actions of controversial former minister, Mervyn Silva who allegedly tied a Samurdhi officer to a tree for not participating in a dengue awareness campaign conducted by the then Minister Silva. The chairman of this committee will be presidents counsel Jayantha Weerasinghe. Other members of the committee are N.M. Saheed and Mahinda Samarasekara who will function as the secretary to the committee, according to Colombo media.
Furor in Colombo and elsewhere over the inhumane act and the subsequent island wide protests forced Sri Lanka's President Rajapakse to strip Mr Silva of his ministerial portfolio.
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party suspended him from the party membership.