Case against Mohan Peiris fixed for inquiry on June 28 | Daily News

Case against Mohan Peiris fixed for inquiry on June 28

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday fixed for inquiry on June 28 the case filed against former Attorney General Mohan Peiris and several others for allegedly preparing an erroneous report to gain undue benefits.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) had filed a corruption case before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court against former Attorney General Mohan Peiris, Court of Appeal Judge A.H.M.D. Nawaz and former Chairman of Lanka Electricity Company (Private) Limited (LECO) M.M.C. Ferdinando.

The case was filed on charges of preparing an erroneous Attorney General’s report to avoid taking legal action against irregularities committed in the purchase of lands for LECO during the period between December 1 and December 30, 2010, while Mohan Peiris was the Attorney General.

The CIABOC charged the suspects with gaining wrongful or unlawful benefit from the funds belonging to LECO, under the Bribery Act.

CIABOC officials informed the Magistrate that the accused (former Attorney General Peiris) had filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court challenging the Bribery Commission’s decision to file a corruption case in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court. CIABOC officials said that the Commission had also filed another petition against an interim order issued by the Supreme Court in connection with Mohan Pieris’ application.

The Bribery Commission informed the court that the Supreme Court judgement had not been received yet.

The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for June 28.


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