TV Derana’s 360 programme presenter Dilka Samanmali has been
threatened with harm and disrepute to her life following last week’s
programme featuring Ratnapura District United National Party (UNP)
Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake.
Mr. Ramanayake has allegedly called Ms. Samanmali’s parents over
the phone and accused her of causing disrepute to him over the
programme. He had also allegedly told the parents that harm may befall
Similar to him (Ramanayake) having adversaries in politics, Ms.
Samanmali too has adversaries within the media circle. He would make use
of these media people to cause disrepute to her, Ranjan Ramanayake had
Popular actor turned politician, Ranjan Ramanayake was the guest on
TV Derana’s 360 programme last Monday (August 23). This was his third
appearance over this popular programme where the host asks direct
questions from the guest.
Since this was Mr. Ramanayake’s third appearance, he would have known the types of questions that would be posed to him.
When a question regarding a female teacher from a Kandy school who
had alleged that Mr. Ramanayake owed her a huge sum of money, was asked
he explained the details from his (Mr. Ramanayake’s) view point, which
was also telecast live over the programme.
However, as a follow-up to the story, TV Derana interviewed the
principal of the said school in Kandy and telecast the visual on its
main news bulletin on Sunday (August 29). The principal however refuted
the statement of Mr. Ramanayake and denied any such incidents involving
the school as pointed out by Mr. Ramanayake.