Karuna seeks Pillayan’s release

By Easwaran Rutnam

Former Deputy Minister and ally of the current Government Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, aka. Karuna Amman, has sought the release of former Eastern Province Chief Minister and Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, alias Pillayan.

Amman said that he had made a request to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to secure the release of Pillayan.

Amman said that he hopes his new party and the TMVP will be able to work together in the East.

Amman and Pillayan were both part of the TMVP during the war, but they split following strong differences of opinion.

Pillayan was arrested in 2015 and jailed over the murder of former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham.