Did RAW Colombo chief play a role in Rajapaksa poll defeat?

Written by | January 18, 2015 | 0

Colombo: Sri Lanka has ‘expelled’ Colombo station chief of India’s spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for allegedly plotting the ouster of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 2015 Presidential elections.

Though the Indian foreign ministry spokesperson has denied any such expulsion, a foreign news agency reports it otherwise claiming inputs from the political and intelligence sources from both the countries.

According to reports, the RAW chief in Colombo helped the opposition parties in overthrowing Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa in recent elections. Mahinda Rajapaksa was ‘unexpectedly’ voted out of office in January 8 election.

An Indian official said the RAW agent was recalled after being accused of working with opposition parties in Sri Lanka to put up a joint contender against the then SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The agent played a crucial role in convincing current President Sirisena to defect from Rajapaksa’s party and contest polls as a joint candidate, besides persuading main leader of Opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe not to contest against Rajapaksa, Reuters reported.

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