Case against Kumara Welgama fixed for February 23 | Daily News

Case against Kumara Welgama fixed for February 23

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday, fixed for February 23 the corruption case filed against former Transport Minister Kumara Welgama.

This is for allegedly causing unlawful loss to the government after appointing an individual as a Deputy Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) contrary to the Transport Act.

When the case came up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Thanuja Lakmali Jayatunga, the Court was informed that Kumara Welgama has filed a revision application in the High Court challenging the Magistrate’s Court's decision to accept amended charge sheets filed against the former Minister by the Bribery Commission. The High Court is to deliver its order on January 30.

The Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption had filed this case against former Minister Welgama under Section 70 of the Bribery Act on four charges. The Bribery Commission alleged that the former Minister had unlawfully appointed L.A. Wimalaratne as the Deputy Chairman of the SLTB on June 23, 2010 when he was the Transport Minister.

The Bribery Commission further alleged that the former minister had paved the way to confer a payment of Rs.3.2 million to the Deputy Chairman as his salary and other benefits, causing unlawful loss to the Government. 


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