Gotabaya seeks Rs 1 billion in damages from Watagala
Posted on May 8th, 2015


Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sent a letter of demand to JVP Western Provincial Councillor Attorney-at-Law Sunil Watagala, seeking Rs 1 billion in damages over alleged malicious and defamatory remarks made by the latter against him.

Rajapaksa has sent the letter of demand to Watagala, through his attorney Sanath Wijewardane.

In the letter Wijewardane states that his client, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had served as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development and that he had provided decisive assistance to military operations carried out to defeat LTTE terrorism and unite the country.

Therefore my client has become the number enemy to separatist groups and various parties assisting separatists,” he says.

On Wednesday (6), Watagala had filed a complaint against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and several other individuals at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption alleging financial fraud during the 2013 Deyata Kirula Exhibition held in Ampara.

Apart from Rajapaksa, the complaint has also named former District Secretary Neil de Alwis, Ampara Urban Council Chairman Indika Nalin Jayawickrama and another person as being involved.

However, the letter states that apart from the salary and allowances owed to him during his tenure as Secretary of the Defence Ministry (from 2005 to January 09, 2015) and as Secretary of Urban Development Ministry, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has not received any sum/profit or movable or immovable property.

My client does not claim ownership to any undeclared bank account or deposit, in Sri Lanka or any other country, while the deposits made to his only account are the aforementioned wages and allowances,” the letter added.

Apart from that, the only wealth possessed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa is Rs 6 million received after selling his house in 2001, which has been invested in treasury bonds and the interest generated on that, Wijewardane says.

He further says that his client does not even have his own house to live after relinquishing his official post and is therefore living in a rented house.

After lodging the complaint, Sunil Watagala had claimed to media that financial fraud amounting to Rs.130 million had been committed when district secretary Neil De Alwis had directed three cheques to the account of the former defence secretary, under the guise of Deyata Kirula expenses.

While the statement is complexly untrue, it is also baseless and malicious,” says Rajapaksa’s attorney.

He states that no such sum of money has been credited to a personal account of his client and that Watagala had unlawfully and wrongfully presented completely fabricated  statement to the Bribery Commission.

He says that by wrongfully revealing the inaccurate information to the media, Watagala had directly and indirectly defamed Mr Rajapaksa.

He therefore demands that Sunil Watagala should pay a sum of Rs 1 billion as compensation for causing insult, mental stress and damage caused to Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s credibility and also to immediately retract the baseless allegations”.

Gotabaya’s attorney further says that if Watagala fails to pay the aforementioned damages/compensation before a period of one week he has been instructed by his client to instigate legal action.

3 Responses to “Gotabaya seeks Rs 1 billion in damages from Watagala”

  1. Hiranthe Says:

    That is what you have to do.

    Our beloved patriotic leader Gota,

    Don’t be too decent and reject the money from these hooligans, agents of LieTTE killers, NGO scum bugs.. Please get the money and declare to the whole country that you were innocent and got Rs. 1 billion as compensation. Rs. 1 billion is nothing for LieTTE and RAW who funds JVP mudslinging programme.

    Then buy a house of your own sir. We feel sorry to hear that you are in a rented home. However, if you do not want to do that, please fund a few border villages for building schools and temples.

    You are a true gentleman who even rejected the compensation money from Sunday Leader who damaged your image with false reports. But no one appreciates that. The malicious party who did wrong should pay the fine and should feel the pain. That money should have been given to a poor border village school or something which do not have proper buildings.

    Now with the Yahapalanaya team paving the way to Ealam, we should start strengthening these border villages as a strategic move.

    We respect you and we love you sir.

  2. Independent Says:

    This is what Mahinda should do too ! If allegations are not true he must sue Mangala for 18 billion dollars of damage. As easy as this. If not people think that there is some truth in it.

  3. SA Kumar Says:

    That money should have been given to a poor border village school – border with TE ?

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