Minister S.B. Dissanayake has said that Sarath Fonseka has violated the tender procedure of the Army. It has been proved in the Court Martial. Mr. Dissanayake pointed out that as Commander in Chief, the President had to ratify the verdict.
The Minister said that Sarath Fonseka has been punished by the Court Martial. The country’s law has accepted the Court Martial as a Court. The Court Martial has proved that Sarath Fonseka while serving as the Army Commander about financial frauds he had committed. It had proved that he had illegally chaired tender committees and handed over tenders to his son in law. He had used his sole powers to change decisions taken by technical committees. He had been found guilty for many financial frauds. What the President had to do was to go through the verdict and ratify if it was correct. As Command in Chief the President is vested with the power of ratifying or not approving the verdict without any influence. As Commander in Chief he cannot do anything else. Minister Dissanayake urged the members of Maha Sangha not to misunderstand this issue.