Keeping elephants to cover up inferiority complex – AKD
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
Those who are suffering from an inferiority complex after fraudulently obtaining wealth, are trying to maintain elephants to cover up their inferiority complex, Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake alleged in Parliament yesterday (22).
“These people have amassed massive wealth in fraudulent ways such as misusing tenders. In the past, people who were from noble families had elephants as a symbol of their wealth and social status. But those who are not originally from such families have an inferiority complex although they have wealth now.
Therefore, such people also try to show off their so-called wealth and status by keeping elephants because their minds have not developed in parallel to the wealth they have obtained,” Dissanayake claimed. “You can see that such people rush to get advice from soothsayers. They try to cure COVID-19 using the so-called Dhammika Peniya.
When they get sick, they consult so-called doctors like Eliyantha White. This is one side of the elephant racket we can see these days. The other side is gaining money from selling captive elephants,” he said. “There was a system to register elephants. According to the law introduced in 1991, an elephant which is not registered is considered as public property. But now, this government is trying to justify the elephant racketeers. This government is trying to introduce a law to give a permit for an elephant which is not registered. This is nothing but another fraud.
You are trying to justify the elephant racketeers. How can you do that?” Speaking further, Dissanayake stressed, “I will tell you an example. To keep a weapon there should be a licence. There is weaponry which is registered and illegally obtained. Such illegal weapons are seized and produced in Court as evidence. Are you going to request a licence for such items? This is exactly what is happening now regarding the elephants kept illegally.” There are registered elephants and unregistered elephants. Also, there are elephants which have become case exhibits. There are cases regarding 38 such elephants, the JJB Leader said.
“I will tell you how this is happening. The CID Special Operations Unit OIC requested the Court to release the elephants under the CID custody for Court cases, under the new Gazette Notification. This same OIC is the one who is conducting the investigations regarding those cases.
How can this be?” There are 13 elephants which were under CID custody and they have been ordered to be released to the original owners. Apart from that, there is a special elephant which is registered under a person called N.G. Rajapaksa in Mirihana, Nugegoda. “I assume that this is President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elephant. Now this elephant is not even a case exhibit. That elephant was given back under a Sannas Pathraya in 2015.
Why is this elephant ordered to be given back to Rajapaksa? What do you think about this? Why are you publishing Gazette Notifications for the President to get back elephants like this?” Dissanayake stressed, “There are another two elephants called Mihin Raja and Kohona Raja. The address for one of them is Weeraketiya, while the address for the other elephant is Kotte. But both of the elephants belong to the same person named N.K. Wanninayake. This person is a common security official. How can such a person obtain elephants?”