Children’s affairs state minister Vijayakala Maheswaran has asked for help from law and order minister Sagala Ratnayake to prevent her from being arrested over an accusation of having harboured Mahalingam Shashikumar alias Swiss Kumar, the main suspect in the gang rape and murder of Jaffna schoolgirl Sivaloganathan Vidya, reports say. After president’s counsel Kalinga Indatissa made submissions before courts about her having helped Swiss Kumar to escape from Punkudutivu residents, who had captured him, the court ordered the CID to question him. She avoided presenting herself at the CID on July 31 as ordered, saying to the media that she did not receive the summons. For the duration of the past whole week she did not go to the CID.
She has told her friends, “I have told the prime minister and minister Sagala about this. Sagala told me not to be frightened.” If this remark is true, it is very deplorable that the law and order minister had interfered and obstructed the course of justice. It is the country’s state minister of children’s affairs who is facing the accusation. If the law and order minister disrupts the process of her being brought before the law, the president and the prime minister should answer as to whether that was consistent with its good governance principles.
Isn’t the CID’s lethargic attitude towards questioning Vijaakala shows that the subject minister, Sagala Ratnayake, is involved?