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Former deputy minister permitted to go abroad

Former deputy minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne whose passport was impounded by court as part of indictment filed by the Attorney General was yesterday permitted to go abroad by the Colombo High Court.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against former deputy minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne and five others for allegedly misappropriating Rs.11.2 million of public funds allocated for the Negombo Lagoon Development Project by utilising the funds for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidential election campaign.

Accordingly, Sarath Kumara Gunaratne was allowed to travel to India between October 1 and October 16 by High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran.

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 under the Public Property Act for the alleged misappropriation of Rs.11.2 million belonging to CFHC during the 2015 Presidential Election. The Attorney General alleged that the accused had committed six offences under the Public Property Act, between November 20, 2014 and January 7, 2015.


 

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