However, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was on his feet, eloquently rejected the charges and his involvement in ITN making losses during his presidency.
MP Rajapaksa, referring to the Presidential Commission said: “When this inquiry took place, the witnesses held that I need to be paid back. I reject this Commission report, which came as a part of a political agenda.”
Meanwhile, Minister Samaraweera sarcastically advised MP Rajapaksa to take up his concerns with his new-found friend President Maithripala Sirisena.
“If you do not accept this report, please take it up with your recent best friend, President Maithripala Sirisena. This is not a report we have done. But look at the injustice you have caused the President. According to his report, all your advertisements for the Presidential Election 2015 were aired at low rates, while ITN charged two times as much for the advertisements of Maithripala Sirisena. You should give him a refund.”
ITN issues settled: Mangala