Jailed political heavyweight S.B. Dissanayake has now spent a month at the Merchant?s Ward of the National Hospital in Colombo where he is ``undergoing treatment.`ED`ED These facilities made available to the former minister has fuelled speculation of the possibility that a deal is being attempted.
`SB is keeping various channels open and has sought the intercession of those whom he believes can speak to the president,` one well informed source said yesterday. A Ravaya report claimed that the government was attempting a deal, but a close aide of the MP said his boss will not bite.
Although three months have passed on March 6 since Dissanayake was unable to attend parliament, and no leave passed, the government has made no move to obtain a declaration that his seat has been vacated. This too is adding to the speculation that something is either in the air or being attempted.
UNP sources said that they were prepared to resist any move to have Dissanayake?s seat declared vacant saying that his request to the Commissioner of Prisons to make arrangements for him to attend parliament had been ignored.
`He is not a willful absentee, who is deliberately absenting himself from sitting in the house,` one UNP source said. `He is being prevented from performing his parliamentary duties.`
Meanwhile, the United Nations Human Rights Commission admitted a petition from S.B. Dissanayake and a 90-page dossier setting out his case has been submitted. Dr. Nihal Jayawickrema is the legal counsel handling this matter before the Geneva based UN body.
Dissanayake has sought interim relief from the UN Human Rights body pending final disposal of his petition. The seeking of the government?s response to his submission will be the next stage in this procedure.