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Sex scandal in HiCorp drama

The ongoing Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe on the HiCorp affair - allegations that retired General Sarath Fonseka's family made money over military deals - is fast becoming a thriller fit enough for a movie.

There have been revelations of alleged forgery, remittance of funds to bank accounts not belonging to suppliers and even 'business espionage' where those dealing with procurements in the Army tipped off key players in HiCorp.

Now comes an addition in the form of a sex scandal. One of the key players, it has come to light, was deeply in love with a lady who managed a hair dressing saloon that has figured in the inquiry. Some of the SMS messages sent out by the young man to the lady concerned, much older, said he loved her more than any other.

There were other startling SMS messages too. The detectives have obtained printouts. Some referred to very close encounters. However, they are fit enough only for a pornographic magazine. Little wonder, senior detectives are stunned. A mischievous one among them was heard to remark "isn't he following in the footsteps of…….?"

Well, well, I could only say there was loud laughter among his colleagues at the table.

Not movie, but real life stuff

A top aide of a leading opposition personality had to be asked to leave a cinema where he was watching 'My name is Khan', popular Indian actor Sharuk Khan's latest movie.

This was after news that a group was planning to abduct him. The move, they say, came after men in a white van, wearing white gloves, tried to abduct another aide handling the media.

He was on his way home when the incident reportedly occurred. They say he was lucky enough to run towards a moving bus and board it.

Who asked whom for a UN job?

Last week's reference in this column to a Minister urging a Sri Lankan official at the UN to hand in an application for a job for his son to an official of the world body has had its sequel. It was raised at the noon media briefing at the UN before Martin Nesirsky, its spokesperson.

Rohitha Bogollagama Vijay

The Inner City Press that reports from UN said, "Now comes a report in the Colombo media that 'a senior Cabinet minister who has been interacting with the UN during the recent confrontations has written to a high-ranking UN official -- and on an official Ministry letter head -- soliciting a job for his son in the UN Secretariat.'

"Inner City Press has spoken with sources extremely informed about that above quote, who say it was Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, writing to Vijay Nambiar. On March 5, spokesman Nesirky made a point of disallowing Inner City Press a second question."

Tougher times for toughie

When the foreign diplomatic mission shut down hurriedly, it was compelled to leave behind a fleet of vehicles including a bullet-proof car.

A toughie, a new aspirant for politics and wants to emerge from the Colombo district, was successful in buying the duty-free car. Insiders say his 'diplomacy' helped him bring down the duty considerably and the man now travels in a bullet proof car on the campaign trail.

However, the man was in for a jolt this week. A top UPFA politico ordered Police top brass to round up underworld members hired by this new toughie, whose posters promote his biceps more than himself.

Strange enough, one of the underworld leaders operating under the patronage of the politico is referred to as 'Olcott' - a name more associated with theosophy than thuggery.

Pole vaulter eats PM pie

A UNP 'pole vaulter' contesting from the Colombo District had an unusual request to make from a UPFA VIP. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was visiting the house of another candidate from his own side and he wanted it stopped.

"How can I stop the Premier from visiting anyone else's house," came the tart reply. Though the man owned a big house himself, there was little he could do except moan.

We pay to keep these nuts warm

To what extent do the taxpayers have to carry the burden of the Government politician and bureaucrat? Surely, they don't have to pay for their underwear as well! Sure they do; from what has happened at the Tourism Ministry.

The newly-appointed top shot there was asked to fly to Berlin for the annual travel trade fair in that city next week. He was told that the winter was not yet over there and it was still bitterly cold, especially for us yakkos coming from the sweltering March heat in the tropics.

So, the man went about shopping for woollen sweaters, long johns and thermal underwear - and asked the Ministry to foot the bill. What price, the people must pay to keep these nuts warm.

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