Hotel staff scanned the carpets at the Oak room for the gem-studded ring while an army of staffers along with Rajapaksa’s own security searched a washroom he had used soon after arriving at the hotel.
"We had to carry out the search very discreetly without alerting wedding guests because if the word was out, the finder may not have returned the ring considering its astrological value," a police officer said.
After a 15-minute intense sweep of all the places the former leader had been in within the sprawling de luxe hotel, an employee found the invaluable piece of jewellery a few tables away from where the VVIP guest was seated.
The Cinnamon Grand returned to Rajapaksa what he had thought was gone for good. A wedding guest told Economynext that they were quite unaware of what was happening until after a police officer came out with the story today.