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Unjustifiable to charge Basil with misusing DN funds: SB

10 August 2016 03:53 am - 18     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S.B. Dissanayaka yesterday cast doubts on charging former Minister Basil Rajapaksa with the misappropriation of Divineguma funds to buy GI pipes.

He told the media that it might not have been a violation of law or a financial fraud but an inappropriate act that took place during an election campaign.

The FCID had charged Mr. Rajapaksa of misappropriating Rs.35 million belonging to the Divineguma funds to purchase and distribute GI pipes to 158 Pradeshiya Sabhas to erect banners and flags in support of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's re-election bid.

The minister said his perusal of the ministry files had found that the bill for GI pipes had been settled by the Economic Development Ministry and the purchase had been done adhering to proper procedure like calling for open tenders.

“The pipes have been distributed among Pradeshiya Sabhas and I don’t see any corruption involved. Besides, those pipes are of use to Pradeshiya Sabhas for various needs,” he added.

When asked whether it was correct to supply GI pipes by the government to local government bodies to be used for election propaganda the minister said he did not see anything wrong because LG bodies which received GI pipes were under the SLFP. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  Comments - 18

  • Joe rajah Wednesday, 10 August 2016 05:59 AM

    Did you studied logic in your uniiversity second grade have to applu logic of they will fail

    Veda-mama Wednesday, 10 August 2016 06:00 AM

    So this is how politicians cover up and justify total misuse of public funds.

    lasitha Wednesday, 10 August 2016 04:01 PM

    no no ashydull it should be one big rogue to another big rogue!

    JANITHA DEVAPRIYA Wednesday, 10 August 2016 05:03 PM

    HE IS THE MINISTER DURING A PREVIOUS ELECTION CAMPAIGN SAID THAT UNP PAID ONLY AROUND RS.60 PER DOLLAR AND HIS SLFP MADE IT AROUND RS. 90 PER DOLLAR, NOT UNDERSTANDING THAT THE RUPEE HAD DEPRECIATED. THE TYPE OF MINISTERS WE HAVE TO STEER THE COUNTRY !

    ashydull Wednesday, 10 August 2016 08:47 AM

    One idiot trying to beautify another.

    Hipo Wednesday, 10 August 2016 06:41 PM

    He has obviously done something similar

    mnsmart Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:17 AM

    You scratch my back, i scratch yours

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:18 AM

    Sadly these are the products of our universities.

    Hassanda Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:29 AM

    Very strange statement Can't trust any Politician It's becoming a jokeY Not open his mouth at the initial stages when The case was filled against basilOver to You Hon President he is a Bulty Gahana Man

    REALPATRIAT Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:34 AM

    BASIL -SB WHAT A MATCHING COMBINATION I via DM Android App

    TONY Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:39 AM

    YOU COME FROM THE SAME GROUP. HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT BASIL SHOULD NOT BE CHARGED. THEN, WHO IS ANSWERABLE TO THESE MISSING FUNDS

    sobers Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:51 AM

    "DEAL COMES THROUGH"

    malij Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:06 AM

    Disgusting. As usual he is talking through his back side.

    vt Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:42 AM

    This guy is playing double game as in the past.Now talking on "back to back" basis.

    Rhonda Taylor Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:54 AM

    Are you a share holder of the loot???Why should you shield a thief?? Makes the nation think twice!!

    ananda Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:58 AM

    One rogue defending another. via DM Android App

    ranmala Thursday, 11 August 2016 05:45 AM

    You fellows think the masses are fools. Tell your two cents worth reason to konde banthapu cheenonta. Birds of the same feather flock together

    kaboos Wednesday, 10 August 2016 01:48 PM

    pot calling kettle black


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