The Ministry of Sports has said that the controversial Defender Jeep, Deputy Minister (DM) Ranjan Ramanayake accused was owned by Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, was in fact its property.
Sports DMH. M. M. Harris said that DM Ramanayake has made a false statement regarding the official vehicle that was parked in front of his house.
A special press conference was called by the Joint Opposition today to discuss regarding the matter.
DM Ramanayake and MP Ananda Aluthgamage accused MP Mahindananda of owning the luxury vehicle. The incident took a dirty turn when a heated argument sparked between the MP and DM at the parliament.
Meanwhile, MP Mahindananda sent a letter of demand to DM Ramanayake and UNP MP Ananda claiming a compensation of 500 million rupees each for the false accusations levelled against him.
Commenting regarding the issue, DM Harris said the defender owned by the Sports Ministry is used by him.