devilled the dance?
Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has ordered an inquiry into an
incident where seven persons selected by the Cultural Affairs and
National Heritage Ministry to visit Pakistan as a dance troupe had
been allegedly ‘impersonated’ by seven others who had
left on the tour.
Ministry Secretary Sunil Premadasa has been appointed
to investigate the allegation. “This is a serious matter.
We don’t know who these people are and how they managed to
deceive officials and leave the country” Mr Abeywardena said.
The minister last week said the Pakistan High Commission had rejected
the troupe as the passports were not submitted in time.
However subsequent inquiries revealed seven others
had left for Pakistan in their place. The Sunday Times learns the
selected dance troupe members who were expected to be in Pakistan
by November 8, had delayed to submit their passports on time, providing
an opportunity for seven others to leave in their place.
Explaining the position the Pakistan High Commission
said seven applicants who wanted to participate in the Visual Arts
competition in Pakistan were granted a special visa free of cost.
Besides these seven people no one else approached the High Commission,
an official said.