Roofing sheet case against Basil, three others fixed for further trial | Daily News

Roofing sheet case against Basil, three others fixed for further trial

The Colombo High Court yesterday commenced further testifying prosecution witnesses in a case filed against four accused including former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa for allegedly misappropriating Rs.2991 million of funds belonging to the Divi Neguma Department while distributing roofing sheets among Divi Neguma beneficiaries during the previous Presidential Election.

When the case came up before High Court Judge R. Gurusinghe, the first witness Nadeeka Sanjeewani, an assistant secretary to the Samurdhi Development Department was cross-examined by Ddefence Counsel.

Further trial fixed for trial on December 12.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, former Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development Dr. Nihal Jayasinghe, former Director General of the Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka and former Deputy Director General of Divi Neguma Department Bandula Tilllekasiri in the Colombo High Court for allegedly distributing roofing sheets costing Rs.2991 million during January-2015 presidential election.

The Attorney General has initiated legal proceedings against the four accused under Penal Code and Public Property Act for misappropriating a sum of R. 2991 million without parliament approval.

Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige appeared for the Attorney General.

President’s Counsel Gamini Marapana with Jayantha Weerasinghe PC and counsel Navin Marapana appeared for the accused. 


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