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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2729

Sri Lanka Tamil Minister wanted TV journalist investigated for alleged terrorist connection

Colombo, 09 January, (Asiantribune.com): Minister Douglas Devananda complaints to the country's police chief aagainst Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam of Sakthy TV for his alleged LTTE connections.

In a letter to Sri Lanka’s Police Chief, Minister Douglas Devananda has made allegation against Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam , the host of Sakthy TV’s Minnal program as a person involved in tarnishing his image as well as that of the Government of Sri Lanka.

Douglas Devananda M.P.,Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare and Secretary General- Eelam People’s Democratic Party has accused Sri Ranga as working for the LTTE terrorists and putting provocative questions to those VIPs participating in his Minnal program at the instigation of his masters – the LTTE to enable them to carry out their murders.

It is not clear whether Minister Douglas Devananda has filed any defamation case against Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam for tarnishing his image as alleged, but has written to Victor Perera, Inspector General of Police complaining that Minnal program host as working for the LTTE.

Minister Douglas Devananda, in his complaint to country’s Police Chief has urged him to conduct an inquiry into Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam’s conduct and connections with the LTTE that will help to unfold many secrets and unearth fresh evidence in many murder cases and prevent to save many lives in the future.

Given below the full text of the complaint made by Minister Douglas Devananda to Sri Lanka’s Inspector General of Police:

Mr.Victor Perera,
Inspector General of Police,
Police Head Quarters,
Colombo 01.

4.1.2008

Dear Mr. Victor Perera,

“Minnal” Programme on Shakthy T.V. by Sri Ranga

I wish to bring to your notice that the said “Minnal” programme is being telecasted in the said Shakthy T.V on every Sunday between 6pm-7pm , with the motive of tarnishing the image of myself and of the government . Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam commentator, provoke the interviewees and make them to attack the Government and myself in particular, with malicious intentions in order to promote the interest of the LTTE.

On 30th December 2007 the said Sri Ranga attempted many a time to make the late Parliamentarian T.Maheswaran to state that the EPDP as a paramilitary group is involved in the killings and other violent activities in Jaffna but the late Parliamentarian T.Maheswaran was not inclined to state that the EPDP was engaged in such incidents. But the late Parliamentarian T.Maheswaran blamed me and my party which represent Jaffna, for not condemning these incidents. The said Sri Ranga put forwarded questions in order to extract the desired accusations against me and my party to enable him to blame my party for the subsequent murder of Parliamentarian T.Maheswaran.

Withouit listening to the said “Minnal” programme, irresponsible journalists and writers had misquoted the said “Minnal” programme in their news papers to state that the late Maheswaran was highly critical of my party and blamed the EPDP for all the incidents in Jaffana.

In the said programme, Sri Ranga did not even give late Maheswaran an opportunity to defend him for the three charges made against him by a listener. In a one hour live telecast, T.Maheswaran would not had even 30 minutes for him to air his views and defend him for the charges. The entire interview was aimed at criticizing me and to force Mr.Maheswaran to accuse us as paramilitary.

The said Minnal programme was a preplanned one in order to eliminate him on the instruction of the LTTE and put the blame on me. Whole show indicates that Sri Ranga was preparing the ground work for the subsequent murder and to add Parliamentarian T.Maheswaran name in the list of those killed parliamentarians whose interviews were re telecasted.

Therefore I write to state that Sri Ranga stage managed this show for blaming me for the subsequent murder and Sri Ranga connived and conspired to eliminate Mr.Maheswaran along with the perpetrators.

The said Sri Ranga of Shakthy T.V. on the instigation of terrorist has been in the habit of making generalized wild accusations and defamatory statements against me continuously and accusing me for murders and disappearances of Tamil people on every Sunday in the said Minnal programme.

I categorically deny the involvement of members of my party, EPDP in any killings or violent acts that takes place in the country.

I strongly condemn this Minnal Programme which is being telecasted with sinister motive for political reasons and also to tarnish the image of my party and myself. I further informs you that the said TV has been maliciously telecasting this programme which is per se defamatory of my reputation, my public and social standing as a Cabinet Minister and the Secretary General of the EPDP which is a recognized Political Party by the Commissioner of Elections through which I have been representing the Electoral District of Jaffna in Parliament continuously since 1994. This Minnal Programme has caused irreparable damage to my political career and my reputation and tries to destroy me politically.

I am accusing that the said Sri Ranga is working for the LTTE terrorists and putting these provocative questions at the instigation of his masters –the LTTE to enable them to carry out their murders.

I shall be thankful if you could call for the last three years Minnal Programmes specially those interviews with the Tamil speaking politicians and take necessary actions against the said Sri Ranga, for his involvement in pre planning murders of politicians in particular that of T.Maheswaran M.P.

I request you to conduct an inquiry into his conduct and connections with the LTTE that will help to unfold many secrets and unearth fresh evidence in many murder cases and prevent to save many lives in the future.

Yours sincerely

Douglas Devananda M.P.,
Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare
Secretary General- Eelam People’s Democratic Party.

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