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Some sensational disclosures have been made by Lakshman Hullugalle, a former Media Centre for National Security head of Sri Lanka, in his book titled ‘Lakshman’ which was launched recently at the Kingsbury in Colombo.
Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, was the chief guest of the evening while, Economic Development Minister, Basil Rajapaksa, was the guest of honour on the occasion.
The book is being widely considered as a narration of Hullugalle’s side of the story on Channel 9, a vindication against all attacks launched against him in that era.
The author did not mince words in stating that the state media was used during the Chandrika Kumaratunge regime to attack him baselessly over the so called Channel 9 issue on state television.
His daughter, Sachini Hullugalle, who delivered the concluding speech and vote of thanks, recalled how they were as a family under siege, as her father Hulugalle was attacked relentlessly in the state media.
“Lakshman Hulugalle was able to keep the people awakened to what was really happening in the battlefield and he fulfilled his duty wholeheartedly and rendered a noteworthy service to his motherland,” Economic Development Minister, Basil Rajapaksa, remarked.
Parliamentarian JRP Suriyapperuma, during his keynote address, invited all the Sri Lankans to read the book as all of history is depicted through biographies.
“The facts that have come out from biographies have created the history. Biographies are the windows through which we can see the past,” he stressed.
The other speakers also recalled the influences brought to bear during the Kumaratunge regime on newspapers to attack Hullugalle on the Channel 9 deal.