Minister of Law and Order and Prison Reforms, Tilak Marapana, who is under fire over his conduct regarding the Avant-Garde controversy, has convened a special press conference at his residence in Nugegoda this morning.

Intriguingly, Marapana’s press conference coincides with the special Cabinet meeting convened by President Maithripala Sirisena at 10.00am today to discuss the Avant-Garde issue.

Marapana’s statement in Parliament regarding the Avant-Garde issue drew strong criticism even from some of his ministerial colleagues in the government. At one point, Marapana even claimed that the police, which is now under his purview, had raided the Avant-Garde floating armory docked at the Galle harbor in January to ‘score points.’

Prior to being appointed as a minister, Marapana had in fact rendered legal services to Avant-Garde, further fueling the anger against his statement.

The minister’s statement also made for a heated Cabinet meeting last Thursday, with some ministers vehemently criticized Marapana’s conduct on the issue. This prompted President Sirisena to call for the special Cabinet meeting today in a bid to resolve differences.

There is speculation that Marapana would announce his resignation from his post today, with some of his own Cabinet colleagues expecting to demand that he resign at today’s special Cabinet meeting.