Basil’s Almanac Case called again on February 1 | Daily News

Basil’s Almanac Case called again on February 1

The case filed against Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Director General of Divi Neguma Department, Kithsiri Ranawaka alleging that government funds were misused by printing the Divineguma almanac was fixed for February 1 to decide whether or not to call a dock statement of the accused by the Colombo High Court.

When the case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatte,the prosecution informed Court that they concluded the hearing of the case.The defence informed Court that the indictment filed by the Attorney General against his clients had not been proved beyond a reasonable doubt and requested Court to acquit the accused without calling the defence evidence.

Accordingly, the case was fixed for February 01 to deliver its order to decide whether or not to call dock statements of the accused by the Colombo High Court.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Divi Neguma Department Director General Kithsiri Ranawaka in the Colombo High Court for allegedly printing five million almanacs with the image of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at a cost of Rs. 29.4 million of funds belonging to the Divi Neguma Department, to be used as election propaganda material, during the January 2015 Presidential Election.

 


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