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HC concludes case proceedings against Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita

The Colombo High Court today concluded case proceedings against former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge and former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita in connection with the controversial Sil Redi (fabrics used by devotees to observe sill) distribution case.

Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatta read out the judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal dated November 19, 2020 and announced that the Court of Appeal has ordered the acquittal of two accused from the case.

The High Court judge announced that the Court of Appeal has ordered to set aside the conviction and the sentences imposed against both accused in respect of all three charges in the indictment. The High Court also ordered to revoke the travel ban imposed against the two accused.

In its judgment, Court of Appeal had observed that the prosecution had failed to establish the ingredients of the offences laid in the indictment.

The Court of Appeal further observed that the two accused-appellants had acted with good intention (bona fide) when exercising their powers and duties. The Court of Appeal further held that there is no criminal act (physical element) or criminal intent (guilty mind) on the part of both accused-appellants.

On September 7, 2017, former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and former TRC Director General Anusha Palpita were found guilty of misappropriating Rs.600 million of funds belonging to TRC over Controversial Sil Redi distribution case. They had been sentenced to three-year-Rigorous Imprisonment by the Colombo High Court.