Rs 500M demanded from civil activist
By J.T. de Silva
State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation, Prof. Channa Jayasumana has sent a Letter of Demand to civil activist Asela Sampath demanding a sum of Rs 500 million over spurious and unsubstantiated charges levelled against him. The Letter of Demand has been sent to Sampath through Attorneyat-Law Athula de Silva on the instructions of VK Choksy PC. Sampath is the Convener of the Movement for the Protection of Public Rights and the National Organiser of the All Ceylon Restaurant Owners Association.
In his Letter, the State Minister has stated that Sampath had charged that the former had brought down a COVID-19 vaccine by the name of Sinovac putting peoples’ lives at risk, during the spread of the pandemic, while purchasing a luxury house in Ethul Kotte area valued at Rs 200 million. Prof. Jayasumana said the unfounded remarks made by Sampath had contributed directly to people losing their trust and confidence placed in the Government’s immunization programme to prevent them from falling victim to COVID-19.
The State Minister has stated that Sampath had also made these his comments with hatred and wickedness towards him and thus he has sent the Letter of demand for the loss of his reputation and image in the eyes of the public and sought the aforesaid sum within a fortnight and had stated that failure to comply with his demand would prompt him to institute legal action against the civil activist.
The Professor has added further in his Letter that neither he nor any member of his family owns any house or land in the Ethul Kotte area and has emphasised that even the WHO has recommended the said vaccine for emergency use. The State Minister has also lodged a written complaint to IGP CD Wickremaratne as well regarding the remarks made by Sampath, while the CID has also launched a probe into the incident.