The government insists that Chief of Defence Staff General Sarath Fonseka, who retires from service today, is not being given step motherly treatment following reports his security detail had been drastically reduced despite the General requesting for tighter security over fears he still maybe under LTTE threat.
When contacted by the Daily Mirror, the Director General, Media Centre for National Security, Lakshman Hullugalle said he was not aware of the present security detail provided to General Fonseka but insisted that everyone was treated well by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, noting that the President had even granted General Fonseka the retirement that he requested.
Hullugalle further noted that the letter sent by the President to General Fonseka granting him retirement as Chief of Defence Staff was confidential and so he could not comment on what the General may have requested and if those requests were met.
General Sarath Fonseka had received the letter from President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday afternoon asking him to vacate his post with immediate effect sources close to the General told the Daily Mirror adding that the General would retire today after holding a short farewell ceremony.The General had earlier sought to retire at the end of this month but sources close to the General said he would now retire with immediate effect as had been instructed to do so by President Rajapaksa and would not seek to remain in office any longer. Meanwhile, Government Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, speaking to the Daily Mirror, said the security detail of any VIP is provided according to the position he holds and the threat level and if additional reinforcements are requested, an assessment will be done and provided as necessary.