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HC issues summons on Rajitha

The Colombo High Court yesterday issued summons on former Minister Rajitha Senaratne and two others directing them to appear in Court on October 29 over a case filed against them for allegedly causing a loss to the Government.

High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachi made this order for the purpose of serving indictments to the accused.

The Bribery Commission had filed indictments in the Colombo High Court against former Minister Rajitha Senaratne and two others for allegedly causing unlawful loss to the Government when leasing out the Modara Fisheries harbour to a private company while Rajitha Senaratne was serving as the Fisheries Minister in 2014.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Director General filed indictments against former Minister Rajitha Senaratne, former Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation (CFHC) Chairman Upali Liyanage and former CFHC Managing Director Neil Ravindra Munasinghe under Section 70 of the Bribery Act on five charges.

The Bribery Commission alleged that the former Minister had unlawfully taken a decision to lease out the Modara Fisheries harbour to Sea Gulf UK Private Ltd at a lower price between August 1, 2014 and November 1, 2014, while he was serving as the Fisheries Minister.

The Bribery Commission alleged that by knowing this transaction would cause unlawful loss to the Government, the former Minister had motivated the members of the CFHC director board to lease out the fisheries harbour to Sea Gulf UK Private Ltd.

The indictments had been filed under five counts under Section 70 of the Bribery Act and Section 113 and 102 of the Penal Code. The prosecution had named 17 individuals as witnesses. The Bribery Commission further listed 55 documents as production items in the case.

 


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