Dilan Perera

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Dilan Perera

State Minister of Highways
In office
9 September 2015 November 2019
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
State Minister of Housing and Samurdhi
In office
22 March 2015 21 May 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for National List
In office
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Badulla District
In office
Personal details
Born (1962-04-19) 19 April 1962 (age 58)
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
Alma mater Royal College, Colombo
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer
Website http://www.dilanperera.com

Boddhiya Baduge Dilan Priyanjan Anslam Perera, MP (born 19 April 1962) (known as Dilan Perera) is a Sri Lankan politician. Current Member of Parliament for Badulla District, he was the former State Minister of Highways, State Minister of Housing and Samurdhi, Non-Cabinet Minister of Port Development, and Deputy Minister of Justice.


Early life and education

Born to Marshal Perera, PC and Daya Perera, he was educated at Royal College Colombo and studied at the Sri Lanka Law College. [1]

Political career

Perera entered politics in 1988, when he was elected to the Uva Provincial Council and served as leader of the opposition from 1993 to 1994. He was elected to parliament in the 1994 parliamentary elections and was served as Deputy Minister of Justice, Constitutional Affairs, Ethnic Affairs and National Integration between 1999 and 2000. Having been re-elected or appointed to parliament from the national list, Perera had served as Deputy Minister of Ports and Aviation, Deputy Minister of Media and Communication, Cabinet Minister of Estate Infrastructure, Minister of Ports and Ports Development, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare and State Minister of Highways. [2]


In February 1997, he was involved in a shooting with political rivals in which parliamentarian Nalanda Ellawala was killed. In September 2018, he was accused of being linked to a person arrested in Milan for human smuggling, a link he strongly denied. [3] That same month, he publicly admitted that some of the LTTE soldiers and civilians who surrendered in the Sri Lankan Civil War had been killed by Armed forces. [4]


Perera was married to Saroja Sirisena, who served as Sri Lankan Ambassador to Germany and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. [5]

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  1. Minister Dilan Perera, Governor of Central Bank and Chairman of SEC resign from their positions
  2. "JVP calculations wrong: Dilan". BBC . Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  3. "Foreign Employment Bureau official nabbed for human smuggling: Dilan Perera denies links". Sundayobserver.lk. 23 September 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  4. "Rajapaksa Govt Ex-ministers S.B.Dissanayake and Dilan Perera Admit That Some LTTE Members and Tamil Civilians Who Surrendered to the Armed Forces Were Killed". Dbsjeyaraj.com. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  5. "Exposé: Tax Payer Pays Staggering Rs 13 Million For Saroja Sirisena's US Surgery". Colombo Telegraph. Retrieved 26 August 2020.