Harsha De Silva Insists on Serious Danger

Harsha De Silva Insists on Serious Danger

by Staff Writer 07-06-2024 | 5:18 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st); Dr. Harsha De Silva, Chairman of the Committee On Public Finance, made startling revelations in parliament today (7) alleging that he was facing undue threats regarding a million-dollar visa issuing process.

Dr. De Silva announced that he would present a comprehensive report on the visa issue to Parliament in the coming week.

During the session, opposition leader Sajith Premadasa expressed concern over threats faced by Dr. De Silva during his investigation into the VFS deal, adding that state MPs allegedly targeted him, creating a precarious situation.

Dr. De Silva revealed that while he hadn't received explicit death threats, he sensed the presence of "invisible forces" at play.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena sought clarity, asking whether Dr. De Silva had experienced specific threats.

The Chairman of the Committee On Public Finance confirmed that the threats were not direct but nonetheless deeply troubling. He appealed for understanding, emphasizing the stress and pressure he faced in his role.

"They haven't explicitly threatened to kill me, but if you were in my shoes, you would understand the gravity of the situation," he said.

Other MPs weighed in on the matter. Mujibur Rahuman stressed that direct threats weren't necessary to recognize the seriousness of the situation.

Meanwhile, Shehan Semasinghe, State Finance Minister, urged caution within Dr. De Silva's own camp, suggesting that internal dynamics might contribute to the threats.

""We trust that the Speaker will ensure your safety. However, be wary of your own camp. Many issues seem to stem from parties linked to the Samagi Jana Balawega on social media. They might be trying to threaten you because they fear that you might switch sides and support the President. It was MP Nalaa Godahewa who advised then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the economy, and governance. It’s no secret. They’ve now joined your side. Is Nalaka Godaheva threatening Harsha, or is it someone else seeking to join the economic council? It’s not us increasing Harsha’s pressure, but the Samagi Jana Balavega," he said.

Dr. Susil Premajayantha, Leader of the House, underscored the significance of the finance committee, especially during economic challenges. Regardless of political affiliations, he emphasized the need for adequate resources to support its functioning.

In a poignant moment, Dr. De Silva expressed embarrassment over the stalled visa issue discussions. He offered to step down if necessary, prioritizing his well-being.