But, his lie was exposed after Lanka News Web proved with evidence that the deed for the house was in Mahindananda’s name. Later, Ramanayake produced the documentary evidence for the perusal of prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Ajith Perera and others.
They discussed Mahindananda’s lie and how evidence would prove his guilt. The above three were lawyers, and minister Lakshman Kiriella joined in and said something that left them bewildered.
He said, “I say, Had we been consulted, Mahindananda would not have been in trouble….. These should not be taken to the names of wife or children. They should be taken to the names of other relatives, or else to the names of drivers, domestic servants. After doing that, we should obtain their signature to a document. They do not understand. Also, they are afraid of us and things will never come out. Mahindananda does not know how to steal.”
Understanding what he said and its hidden meaning, the others showed their surprise, a backbencher who was there, told us. If Kiriella rejects this, its truth can be verified from Wickremesinghe, Rajapakshe or Perera
According to reports reaching us, Mahindananda did not take advice from Kiriella, but had done what he had advised, but even that did not help him. After selling the house for 470,000 pound sterling, he had given the nearly Rs. 90 million to Waruna Rajapakse, who had been his driver for long years. Out of a gunny bag full of Rs. 5,000 notes, the driver had stolen some of it. Unable to go to the police, Mahindananda had beaten him and broken his limbs, reports say.
Amidst all these, Mahindananda is due to get married on the 27th of this month. He will marry the daughter of the late prime minister D.M. Jayaratne, who was previously married to minister Duminda Dissanayake.