Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Namal Rajapaksa said that Basil Rajapaksa has no illness that warranted medical treatment.
"He didn't have any illness that warranted treatment. Even when I met him yesterday and at the time of his departure, there was no illness as such," Namal Rajapaksa told reporters yesterday (13).
Basil Rajapaksa, the Chair of the Presidential Task Force for Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication had left for the U.S. on Wednesday morning (12) for medical treatment.
When a journalist inquired about Basil Rajapaksa's abrupt departure, especially at a time when the SLPP National Organiser and the President's Special Envoy has been assigned the primary responsibility of coordinating the government's fight against the pandemic, Minister Namal Rajapaksa said that Basil had left for the U.S. for personal reasons, adding that he will return to Sri Lanka within three weeks.
However, Minister Chamal Rajapaksa had intimated to the media that Basil Rajapaksa had left for the U.S. to receive treatment.
SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam MP told the media for the first time that Basil Rajapaksa had left for the U.S. to receive treatment.
A post that went viral on social media following the statement made by Sagara Kariyawasam is found below.