Chairman of Sri Lanka’s National Authority for the Protection of Witnesses and Victims Suhada Gamlath is to step down after comments he had made to a newspaper had created controversy, the Government said today.
Gamlath had claimed in a newspaper interview that the Government had pressured the Attorney General’s Department to pursue cases against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala said that as a Government employee, and especially as the Chairman of Sri Lanka’s National Authority for the Protection of Witnesses and Victims, Gamlath cannot make such comments to the media no matter what his political affiliations are.
Athukorala was speaking to reporters at a media briefing today.
She said that Gamlath was appointed by the President and has informed the relevant authorities of his intention to step down.
“He has informed the President’s Secretary that he hopes to resign,” she said.
Athukorala said that if Gamlath does not step down then the President’s Secretary will do the needful. (Colombo Gazette)