Melwa Anand, who lay on President's bed, fled the country? (Exclusive)
There is ample discussion regarding the failure to arrest the chairman of the Melwa Group Anandraja Pillai, who is said to be among those who had stormed the President's House earlier last month.
Anandraja is also said to be one of the key persons that provided financial support for the 'Aragalaya' , "Sri Lanka Mirror" learns.
It is also said that Anandraja has fled Sri Lanka by now, and the finger is being pointed at the security forces for allowing him to escape.
It is said that he has directly contributed to the 'Aragalaya', and that security forces have received photos of him entering the President's House and posing for photos while lying on the President's bed.
It is well-known that Anandraja is a close associate of former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa. It is also known that during his tenure as Finance Minister, high taxes were levied on imported iron for the greater benefit of Anandraja's business and Jayadeva Nandana Lokuwithana, who had invested in the steel corporation.
However, due to the high price of iron, the construction industry has collapsed with many in the field losing their jobs.
Meanwhile, Anandraja is said to have worked very closely with former minister Patali Champika Ranawaka as well.