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The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) stated that its CEO, Dr. Sameera Senaratne had been relieved of his duties with effect from today.

The development comes after the police revealed that the incident where Dr. Senaratne was shot on February 6, was staged.

In a statement, Chairman SAITM, Dr. Neville Fernando said that neither SAITM nor the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital was associated with the incident.

Following is the statement in full

CEO OF SAITM TEMPORARILY RELIEVED OF DUTIES

We refer to the recent media reports concerning a police investigation into the purported incidents that had allegedly taken place on February 6, 2017.

In order to ensure absolute transparency and facilitate the police investigations, the Management of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) announces that Dr. Sameera Senaratne has been temporarily relieved of duties as Chief Executive Officer of SAITM and The Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) with immediate effect.

Dr. Senaratne too notified the management in writing that he has stepped down from his post effective today, February 28, 2017.

The Management categorically states that neither SAITM nor NFTH is associated with the reported incident and have no nexus to any private incidents/issues of any of their employees.

The Management of SAITM will commence internal inquiries and will be taking appropriate and necessary action to ascertain the truth of this alleged incident. SAITM operates within the legal framework of Sri Lanka and will at all times up hold the law of the country.

SAITM is committed to respect the trust placed on the institute by the undergraduates, parents and academic and will at all times, work in their best interests