SPDC MD challenges JO over its ‘top 9 accusation’

State Pharmaceutical Drugs Corporation’s managing director Dr. H.M.M. Rumy has challenged the ‘top 9 accusation’ leveled against health minister Rajitha Senaratne by the joint opposition.

Noting that all those having Mohamed as their names are not his relatives, Rumy refuted JO’s charges that his relatives were directors of pharmaceutical companies.

At a media briefing, the SPDC MD countered allegations by the JO over a breast cancer drug imported from Russia.

An engineer and businessman by profession and from Darga Town, he said he knew Senaratne since 2014 and actively participated in his election campaign as he was victimized by the previous regime and committed himself for a regime change.

He admitted having accompanied, as a close friend, the minister’s family in Singapore where he underwent surgery some time ago.

Omex man offered Rs. 5 m

He refuted any connection to the drug imported from Russia, but said a person by the name Mevan Wijesinghe of the importing company Omex had reached him and sought a meeting with the health minister.

The minister responded by saying that Wijesinghe had a court case pending against him, and that he would meet him only if he was cleared of the charges.

Thereafter, Rumy said, that through a friend of his, Wijesinghe had offered him Rs. five million if he arranged meeting for him with Senaratne.

When the SPDC MD rejected it, the drug company man had warned him of repercussions, he said, adding that now he was facing accusations from the JO.

Rs. 1,000 m saved

Referring to the cancer drug in question, Rumy said the state has been able to save Rs. 1,000 million by importing it from Russia and that that money would go to provide stents and eye lenses for patients.

He urged the Bribery Commission and the CID to expedite the investigations into the complaint, adding that he would go to court against the JO for having discrediting him and for character assassination.