He had said thus while testifying before the special police unit of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry which is probing into corruption and corruption in state institutions over the past four years.
The relevant statement was taken at the Mayor's office yesterday (19).
The Mayor has stated that a division case with regard to the land of the building, is being heard before the Colombo District Court. Therefore, the former Mayor's approval to construct the building is not legal, he added.
Meanwhile, former minister agriculture - Duminda Dissanayake was summoned before the PCoI today with regard to this building.
Previously, Duminda Dissanayake had made a statement on this regard to the PCoI's Police unit.
It was revealed that the building of the Agriculture ministry was obtained for Rs. 21.6 million while its estimated rent is Rs. 13.5 million.