Marapana resigns as Law and Order Minister

Tilak-MarapanaLaw and Order Minister Tilak Marapana has tendered his resignation from his Ministerial post to President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Minister resigned over the controversy involving him on the Avant Garde issue.

Speaking to reporters today, Marapana said that he had tendered his resignation following concerns raised over his stand on the allegations raised against Avant Garde.

He said that he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last night and discussed the issue and this morning he had sent his letter of resignation to the President.

Marapana said that some Ministers and the public had raised suspicions that police investigations into the Avant Garde issue may not be unbiased since the police comes under his Ministry and since he felt some of the allegations against Avant Garde were baseless.

The United National Party (UNP) member said that he will continue to remain a member of Parliament despite resigning from his Ministerial post.

Marapana, who was the lawyer for the Director of the company, had recently told Parliament that some of the allegations raised against Avant Garde were baseless.

The statement drew strong reactions from some Ministers in his Government and civil society saying the investigations into Avant Garde may get influenced by Marapana.

A heated exchange of words had taken place last week during the cabinet meeting on the  Avant Garde issue with Ministers even threatening to resign if the President and the Prime Minister fail to take appropriate action against the company.

The police had launched investigations into the floating armory operated by Avant Garde which was given approval by the former Government.

Avant Garde was accused of not following proper procedures when operating the floating armory or proper documentation for the weapons on the ship. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. weera you must talking through hat mate,Marapana is seasoned corrupt lawyer politician,he will go through
    your ear without you knowing it,he is Gota right hand
    douing all the para jada deals ,country’s money in their Foreign Banks moron cant you understand.our Sinhalese middle class people does not have

  2. What is the freedom in Parliament? Everyone in Sri Lanka knows the ‘mud throwing’ by current government on Rajapaksa regime. This is because current government is a puppet of West, doing what West ask them to do. What Marapana said is correct but he cannot say it publicly. The Government should resign not Marapana.


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