Keheliya’s mobile phone bill: High Court issues Interim Order | Daily News

Keheliya’s mobile phone bill: High Court issues Interim Order

The Colombo High Court yesterday issued an Interim Order preventing Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court from hearing a corruption case filed against former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and former State Printing Corporation (SPC) Chairman, until June 11.

High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran made this order pursuant to a revision application filed by Rambuwella challenging the Chief Magistrate’s Court decision to proceed with the trial after rejecting preliminary objections raised by defence.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption was noticed to appear before Colombo High Court on the next hearing date.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption had filed a corruption case against two accused before Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly causing an unlawful loss of Rs.230,984 to the government after paying former Minister’s one month mobile phone bill using SPC funds, while functioning as the Mass Media Minister in 2012.

The Bribery Commission alleged that the former minister had induced the CPC chairman to pay his mobile phone bill from March 15, 2012 to April 14, 2012 causing an unlawful loss to the government, while serving as the Mass Media Minister.

The Bribery Commission had named former SPC chairman Jayampathi Bandara Heenkenda as an accused for aiding and abetting to commit the offence.

The Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed this case against former minister and former SPC chairman under section 70 of the Bribery Act on three counts.

President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa with Counsel Niroshan Siriwardena appeared for Keheliya Rambukwella.


 

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