Rajitha rubbishes claims by Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne today rubbished claims made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha on the Avant Garde issue.The cabinet spokesman said that Rajapaksha never spoke a word on the issue at the special meeting held yesterday with President Maithripala Sirisena. The Justice Minister had told reporters today the Government had not decided to cancel all deals with Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd and hand over the weapons on the floating armory operated by the company to the navy as was claimed by Senaratne yesterday. Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd was accused of failing to follow proper procedures when operating a floating armory. The floating armory was given clearance by the former Government. Meanwhile, Senaratne also claimed that the floating armory operating by Avant Garde had switched off its GPS system when it had gone past the Maldives while on its way to Galle recently.He said that there was suspicion over the move as it was during this time that a security issue arose in the Maldives. Speaking at the post cabinet press briefing today, Senaratne maintained that a decision had been taken on  Avant Garde.He lashed out at the Justice Minister saying Rajapaksha was never faithful to one political party.