Labour Minister Mervyn Silva has told the CID that he did not go to the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation to assault anybody but was himself assaulted.
The CID recently recorded the statement of the Minister. CID sources told The Island yesterday that they would record the statements of all those who accompanied Mervin Silva to the SLRC and also of some staff.
The CID yesterday assured that a very fair investigation would be conducted and appropriate action taken against the culprits, irrespective of their standing in society.
Minister Mervyn Silva, accompanied by some thugs, had gone to the Rupavahini Corportaion around 10.00 a.m. on December 27 to inquire from the News Director why a speech made by him the previous day, at Matara, was not telecast. In an argument that ensued the News Director was allegedly assaulted by the Minister and hundreds of Rupavahini employees in turn manhandled the Minister.
Police were called in to bring the Minister out of premises amidst jeering and booing by the Rupavahini staff who were joined by the SLBC staff from the adjoining building.