Sarana gets three years, fined Rs.300,000 | Daily News


Sarana gets three years, fined Rs.300,000

Released on bail after conviction:

Former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena who was convicted on three corruption charges was sentenced to three years imprisonment by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday.

The Magistrate fined him Rs.300,000 in addition to the jail term. The Magistrate imposed one-year imprisonment for each charge against the former Deputy Minister and sentenced him to three years imprisonment.

The Chief Magistrate sentenced the former Deputy Minister after he was found guilty of causing losses to the government while he was the Development Lotteries Board chairman.

Gunawardena was released on bail later after considering his appeal. The Magistrate ordered to released the suspect on a surety of Rs.300,000.The case was filed against Sarana Gunawardena by the Bribery Commission alleging that the government had incurred losses when he leased three vehicles at a cost of Rs. 960,000, while he was Development Lotteries Board chairman from May 5 ,2007 to April 30, 2008 during the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.

The Bribery Commission alleged that the accused had committed the offences between 2007 and 2008 while he was serving as National Lotteries Board Chairman. Assistant Director General of Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Asitha Anthony informed court that this punishment was an example to other public officers who engage in such offences.

President’s Counsel Anil Silva appearing on behalf of Sarana Gunawardena pleaded to suspend the imprisonment imposed on his client. MP Gunawardena was charged under Section 70 of the Bribery Act.


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