Kelaniya extortion under control says Basil

In an indirect admission to allegations of extortion taking place in the Kelaniya area, Economic affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa told reporters today that the incidents had reduced following the split between Minister Mervyn Silva and members of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha.

Responding to a question at a press briefing in Colombo today the Minister said that reports on incidents of extortion taking place in the country was only isolated like is reported in other countries.

Asked about reports of Minister Mervyn Silva’s alleged involvement in extortion in the Kelaniya area, Rajapaksa said that if there was such a thing taking place then it would have reduced by now as a result of the rift between the two groups in Kelaniya.

Minister Mervyn Silva and members of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha have filed complaints against each other alleging they were involved in taking bribes and extortion in Kelaniya.

Complaints have been lodged with the police, the Bribery Commission and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

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