Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's acceptance of former top general Sarath Fonseka's resignation with immediate effect is being seen by his aides as an attempt to deny him an official farewell ceremony, a media report said on Saturday.
Fonseka's resignation as Chief of Defence Staff was accepted yesterday by Rajapaksa who rejected his request to serve for two more weeks.
"Chief of Defence Staff Sarath Fonseka is yet to get the formal response from Rajapaksa to his retirement letter and is still keen to remain in his post till the end of this month before relinquishing himself of his services by holding a farewell ceremony," the Daily Mirror online said quoting sources close to Fonseka.
The source said forcing him to retire with immediate effect could be seen as an attempt "to prevent him from holding a farewell ceremony," the paper said.
Fonseka, who quit as CODS, is yet to receive a formal response to his resignation letter in which he claimed that coup fears led the government to sideline him, and ask India to put its troops on alert, it said.
It said although Fonseka's letter was accepted, a formal letter responding to the issues raised in his letter has not yet been sent to him nor has he been formally told to leave immediately.
The General, in his letter, had retirement from his post by the end of this month and stated the reasons for his wanting to quit.