Media reports that the Personal Assistant of Minister Mangala Samaraweera was arrested for possession of drugs, are baseless, according to the Media Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Finance.
The Media Secretary to the Ministry has issued a statement in this regard.
The release says that certain websites have begun slinging mud at Minister Managala Samaraweera after a member of the minister’s personal staff was arrested by the Police Special Task Force, along with three of his friends in Mount Lavinia the day before yesterday.
Sameera Manahara, who is the Public Relations Officer of Minister Mangala Samaraweera had been arrested on the night of August 05 while en route to a party.
The arrest had been made after narcotics, five bottles of foreign liquor and a carton of cigarettes were discovered from the Jeep they were traveling in at the time.
The jeep, according to the release sent out by the Media Secretary to the ministry, belonged to another person traveling in it.
A person who was traveling in the vehicle had confessed that the narcotics belonged to him. The STF had then gone to his house, seized sixteen bottles of liquor, two cartons of cigarette an ornamental sword and a knife.
Everyone who was traveling in the jeep had been produced before the Mt. Lavinia police yesterday morning.
After the suspects were produced before the acting Magistrate of Mt. Lavinia last afternoon, three people except the suspect who owned the narcotics had been released.
The B report stated that they had been arrested since they were in the vehicle that the first suspect was traveling in.
According to the release, the IP of the Mt. Lavinia police who had presented facts before the acting Magistrate had said that there is no substantial evidence to state that the other three suspects have been involved in possession and racketeering narcotics, and that there is no objection of granting bail to them.
Considering all the facts, the acting magistrate had granted bail to the Personal Assistant of the minister, and two others.
Asitha Rajapaksa, the Media Secretary to the minister says that there are no allegations against the Personal Assistant of the minister, to the extent that is being reported on social media.