Ex-Ministry Secy wants barrier removed to return to SL

2015-04-30 18:30:50

A former ministry secretary who had been named as a suspect in the controversial Norochcholai Lakvijaya coal case, has requested Court to lift the travel restrictions imposed on him so that he could return to the country.

The CID Special Investigations Unit had named former Power and Energy Ministry Secretary M. M. C. Ferdinando who left Sri Lanka on the night of the Presidential Elections on January 8, over the investigations into the import of coal for the Norochcholai Lakvijaya coal power plant.

President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsecularatne with Counsel Udara Muhandiramge and Thejitha Koralage appearing on behalf of Mr. Ferdinando informed Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court that their client was expecting to return in July this year.

The Defence Counsel moved court that the order issued on the Immigration and Emigration Controller preventing the former Ministry Secretary from leaving or arriving in the country be lifted.

Mr. Arsecularatne told Court that his client had gone abroad since his daughter was expecting a baby. The Counsel further told that his client would extend his support to the going investigations. “My client is not involved in this transaction. He can be arrested at the airport but the Court should facilitate him to arrive,” Mr. Arsecularatne said.

Having considered the submissions, Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage noticed the police Special Investigations Unit OIC to appear in Court on May 13 in order to look into the matter. The request made by defence to facilitate the suspect to arrive is to be considered on that date.    

In this case, four directors attached to the Lanka Coal Company (Private) Ltd had been arrested on charges of having committed a criminal breach of trust causing a loss of Rs.1536 million to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) when importing coal for the Norochcholai Lakvijaya coal power plant. Later, four directors Kanchana Ratwatte the Chairman of Ceylon Shipping Cooperation Ltd, Ravi Jayawickrama Harbor Master of SLPA, Nimal Bandara and Chulananda Delgoda were ordered to be released on two sureties of one million rupees each. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 13

  • Desmond Jeromme Friday, 1 May 2015 07:57

    You committed wrong and played out with the Govt. Support. You will have to reap the harvest.

    Reply : 2       43

    Bala Friday, 1 May 2015 10:44

    You got a pittance we know - tell which politico got the biggest slice of coal and you will get a lenient punishment.

    Reply : 0       5

    Fassey Friday, 1 May 2015 08:24

    If you are not guilty why did you run away on the 8th?

    Reply : 1       28

    Krisnan Friday, 1 May 2015 08:47

    Sri Lankan Police not educated on financial crime. Their qualification also not up to the standards. So, educated public servants are getting victimized on their fate. Let, change this ruling bunch also suitable for current level educated Sri Lankan society

    Reply : 27       6

    Nobody Friday, 1 May 2015 08:52

    A prime example of a White Collar Criminal

    Reply : 1       22

    anura Friday, 1 May 2015 10:09

    He is a big crook please let him in to country and then hang him.

    Reply : 0       22

    Bala Friday, 1 May 2015 10:26

    You officials alone could not have done it - please expose those higher ups who pushed you to do the misdeeds. You got crumbs and now holding the can - they got the bread and sitting pretty.

    Reply : 0       21

    garawi Friday, 1 May 2015 12:33

    He escaped arrest! Let him come then arrest!

    Reply : 0       5

    RW Friday, 1 May 2015 12:52

    One of the biggest rogues during MR period

    Reply : 0       7

    Kattai jaya Friday, 1 May 2015 13:04

    Those who committed financial crimes have to face the justice. Today our country foreign debt is so high. Thanks to our great mahinda Rajapakse policy. Not only MR and his family swindle our money but also all his goons too.

    Reply : 0       4

    michael pereira Friday, 1 May 2015 16:47

    He is a crafty manipulator and a low life scum. He should be allowed to come in and held responsible. Ferdi as he was known often used mahinda rajapaksas name to do his own scams.

    Reply : 0       8

    Naman Friday, 1 May 2015 17:33

    Catching the big and small crooks should be speeded up now.It should be done before the parliamentary elections in order to stop them becoming MPs and Ministers

    Reply : 0       6

    nala Friday, 1 May 2015 17:58

    Check how his Children in Australia has money to buy houses and invest in properties doing an ordinary jobs. All money is hidden in their names.

    Reply : 0       9

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