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PRINTING DIARIES FROM PUBLIC FUNDS IN 2015:

Indictments on Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, others

The Colombo High Court yesterday served indictments on former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne and five others.

This is for allegedly misappropriating Rs.1.09 million public funds belonging to the Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation (CFHC) during the previous Presidential Election.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against six accused for allegedly printing diaries costing Rs.1.09 million, to be used as election propaganda material during the January 2015 Presidential election.

When the case came up before High Court Judge Sampath Abeykoon, the six accused were ordered to be released on a cash bail of Rs.25,000 with a surety bail of one million rupees each. Officers attached to the Colombo High Court’s Police post were directed to obtain their fingerprints to ascertain their previous convictions.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against six accused including former Fisheries Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, his son-in-law Upul Chaminda Kumarasinghe, Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation’s (CFHC) former Chairman Upali Liyanage, its former General Manager Piyal Abeysekara, Chandana Pelpita and Lakmina Munidasa were charged under the Public Property Act for the alleged misappropriation of Rs.1.09 million belonging to CFHC during the 2015-Presidential Election.

The Attorney General alleged the accused had committed the offence under the Public Property Act, between December 8, 2014 and January 7, 2015. The Special Presidential Investigation Commission had recommended that the Attorney General’s advice be sought to institute legal action against the persons responsible for this alleged financial frauds.

President’s Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty with counsel Hafeel Farisz and Sampath Mendis appeared for the accused.


 

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