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Case against Mahindananda to proceed in his absence

The Colombo High Court yesterday ordered that the case against State Minister of Power Mahindananda Aluthgamage for allegedly committing a Rs. 53.1 million fraud while importing sports equipment during the Presidential Election in 2015 would proceed in the absence of the State Minister.

When the case came up before Colombo Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges R. Gurusinghe (President), Shashi Mahendran and Amal Ranaraja, defence counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty, PC, appearing for State Minister Aluthgamage informed the court that his client expects to contest the forthcoming General Election.

Therefore, Counsel sought court permission to proceed with the case in the absence of State Minister Aluthgamage.

Taking into consideration the facts, the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar ordered that the case would proceed in the absence of State Minister Aluthgamage.

Meanwhile, the defence counsel informed the court that they were unable to access the computer evidence yet. Accordingly, defence counsel raised an objection urging that they be allowed to inspect the relevant equipment which generated computer evidence.

Accordingly, the court yesterday allowed the defence counsel to examine the computer evidence generated by the relevant computers.

The case will be taken up again on April 01.

The Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) had filed indictments against State Minister of Power Mahindananda Aluthgamage and former Sathosa chairman Nalin Fernando for allegedly committing a Rs. 53.1 million fraud while importing sports equipment during the Presidential Election in 2015.

The Bribery Commission has filed indictments against State Minister of Power Mahindananda Aluthgamage, and former Sathosa chairman Nalin Fernando, over a Rs. 53.1 million fraud said to have taken place when importing sports equipment for sports clubs including 14,000 carrom boards and 11,000 draught boards during the previous regime between September 1, 2014 and December 31.

The Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed this case against the two accused under Section 70 of the Bribery Act on six counts.

Deputy Director General Ganga Heiyanthuduwa appeared on behalf of the Bribery Commission. Deputy Solicitor General Azad Navavi appeared on behalf of the Attorney General.

President’s Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty appeared for State Minister Aluthgamage and President’s Counsel Anil Silva appeared for the former Sathosa chairman Nalin Fernando.


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