faces damages suit
Labour Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is being sued for Rs. 50 million
by the President of the Association of Licensed Foreign Employment
Agents (ALFEA) for alleged defamatory statements made against him
in a weekend paper early this month.
Suraj Dandeniya told The Sunday Times he would be commencing legal
action against the minister for causing him to suffer damage to
his reputation, in the event the minister did not pay the Rs. 50
million within a period of two weeks.
In an interview
with the said newspaper Minister Samarasinghe had allegedly stated,
"We also had to sack a board member, namely Suraj Dandeniya,
because he was giving a very subjective view of the FEB. In addition
it came to my notice that there were 210 complaints against him,
including one fraudulent act, which were investigated by the FEB."
former Director of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment said
the fabricated statements had been made by the Minister in an attempt
to justify the illegal and arbitrary removal of him from the position
of a Director appointed in terms of the Foreign Employment Act No.
21 of 1985. Minister Samarasinghe was unavailable for comment as
he was away in Dubai.