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AG concludes oral submissions in Sil Redi distribution case

The Attorney General yesterday concluded his oral submissions pertaining to appeal petitions filed by former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita regarding the Sil Redi distribution case.

Court of Appeal two-judge-Bench comprising Justice Kumuduni Wickremasinghe and Justice Devika Abeyratne fixed the appeals for September 24 to make petitioners’ submissions in reply.

Former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and former TRC Director General Anusha Palpita had been sentenced to three-year-Rigorous Imprisonment by Colombo High Court for misappropriating Rs. 600 million of funds belonging to the TRC.

On September 7,2017, Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita were found guilty of misappropriating Rs. 600 million of funds belonging to TRC over Controversial Sil Redi (fabrics used by devotees to observe sill) distribution case.

Through their appeal applications, two accused-appellants stated that they were seeking the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal to review and set aside their conviction imposed by the High Court dated September 7, 2017.

In their petitions, the accused-appellants stated that neither a sum of Rs. 600 million nor a part of it were utilized by them for their personal gains. They further stated that the High Court judge had given them a short period of time (13 days) to pay off the compensations.

Each accused were further ordered to pay a fine of two million rupees and in default of the payment of fine they will have to serve additional one year imprisonment.

President’s Counsel Faiz Musthapha with Shavindra Fernando, Counsel Kanchana Ratwatte and Janaka Ranatunga appeared for the appellant accused. Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige appeared for the Attorney General.