Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Services, Nimal Siripala de Silva, was yesterday (06) compelled to step down from his Ministerial Portfolio on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, following an allegation made by Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa regarding a Cabinet Minister soliciting a bribe from a Japanese company.
Premadasa in Parliament on Tuesday (5) alleged that a Cabinet Minister in the incumbent regime has solicited a bribe from Japan’s Taisei Corporation and that has angered President Rajapaksa.
Following the controversy, the President called for an immediate formal investigation into the incident while the President’s Media Division in a statement stated that de Silva temporarily stepped down from his position as the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Services, on the instructions of the President until the investigations are concluded.
De Silva in his letter of resignation to Rajapaksa stated that although Premadasa did not specify a name, his Ministry has been involved with the said Japanese company and thereby the said allegation was linked to him on social media.
By Faadhila Thassim