Parliamentarian Mervyn Silva is cleared of all charges. Minister Maithripala Sirisena who is also the General Secretary of the SLFP said that it has been mentioned in the report of the disciplinary committee appointed by the party to inquire into the incident in which a Samurdhi Officer was tied on to a tree.
The Minister said that the report had stated that a complaint had not been made with regard to the incident and there is also no evidence. The said Samurdhi officer had also claimed that he had willingly let himself be tied to a tree symbolising a traditional village punishment of old. The Committee had stated in the report that the official has claimed that this was only a demonstration to discourage others from shirking their responsibilities and he had volunteered himself be tied to a tree. Accordingly, the report of the disciplinary committee stated that there was no possibility of proceeding with the inquiry.