Responding to last week`s Supreme Court decision, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa against the reduction of her security. The former president`s secretary, P. Dissanayake told the Daily Mirror yesterday there was no response yet from the President.
According to Mr. Dissanayake another request made by the former President`s security chief Nimal Chandrasiri to increase the security had been turned down by IGP Victor Perera.
In response to the request, the IGP had said the maximum security personnel should be restricted to seven ? an ASP, an IP and five others, from the 168 she had up to now. Mr. Dissanyake said the President was asked to allow at least 65 security personnel for Ms Kumaratunga`s security.
Mr. Dissanyake was of the view that the former President should be given maximum security, as she was still in the Tigers hit list. `According to intelligence reports, Tigers had monitored President Chandrika`s movements at least 18 times,` he said.
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga should vacate the official residence she secured for herself as the Head of the Cabinet of Ministers, saying that she had abused her authority when in office and had practiced serious deception in the manner in which she secured that property.