The government has denounced the move to summon journalists to the Criminal Investigation Department over an ongoing police investigation in relation to a purported garlic scam involving Lanka Sathosa.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet media briefing at the Department of Government Information today, Cabinet Spokesman Minister of Media Dullas Alahapperuma said the government does not condone such actions.
Minister Alahapperuma claimed that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has informed the Cabinet that journalists should not be summoned to the CID over the incident.
Minister Alahapperuma said Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardena had lodged a complaint with the CID pertaining to the incident.
He said however, Minister Gunawardena had not named or complained against any organization or an individual.
Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said therefore the government is opposed to the move to summon journalists to the CID.