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AG clears MR in RADA case

30 July 2015 03:04 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Even though the original complaint in connection with an alleged fraud at the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) was lodged against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in the course of investigations, the former President had not been found to be among the perpetrators of the crime, the Attorney General informed the Supreme Court today.

Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, appearing on behalf of the Attorney General made this submission, when a fundamental rights petition filed by former MP Tiran Alles came up before the three-judge-bench of the Supreme Court.

“The original complaint was not made against the petitioner Tiran Alles but against Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Emil Khanthan. In the course of the investigations, the perpetrators of the crime in fact was not the former President but others. The original complaint should have been made against the petitioner,” Mr. Kodagoda said.

ASG Kodagoda submitted to Court that the potential arrest of petitioner Tiran Alles was based on credible information sequent to the investigations carried out by the police Special Investigations Unit.

“There are reasonable grounds to believe that the petitioner has committed a cognizable offence and there is a statutory duty of police to arrest him even without a warrant,” said ASG.

Mr. Kodagoda further submitted to Court that Mr. Alles had been appointed by former President for the position of both chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RADA.

He further stated that RADA was established in November 2005 by the then President as a Special Agency responsible for overseeing rehabilitation and development following the tsunami. He stated RADA was entrusted with several functions including Jaya Lanka Housing project to construct 1200 houses in the Tsunami affected Northern and Eastern provinces. However, Mr. Kodagoda stated that no single house had been constructed by the RADA under this program.

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva, appearing for the petitioner stated that prospective arrest of his client would restrict his liberty.

He stated that his client had become the non-executive chairman of RADA in 2005 and resigned from it on January 2007. He stated that police had acted in bad faith (mala fide) and got a travel ban against his client even without informing him of the same. Mr. Silva further stated that Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU) was conducting an investigation against his client about an incident that had taken place in 2006, after a lapse of nine years. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 12

  • boris Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:04 PM

    1. An investigation can only start now, because the previous government was not interested in it.2. So MR gave them millions to construct 1200 houses and was not aware that none was built in 10 years...... ??!

    Sikuru Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:36 PM

    MR was covering Tiran in the crime and thus MR is also involved in it

    Sim Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:37 PM

    MR safe guarded all his crooks when he was President. Only now the law is functioning. No houses were built but what happened to the money. People who have money file FR cases people without money are in remand for stealing coconut or Rs. 20/-

    Udaya Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:02 PM

    Passing Rat can been seen but not Elephant

    punchinilame Friday, 31 July 2015 01:33 AM

    The BASL should now step-in to check on how Law isgiven effect, in view of an unprecedent activity withinthe AGs Dept.

    Raipala Friday, 31 July 2015 02:01 AM

    All these accusation are mud insulting for elction, peopel not interest. Victory of Mahinda Rajapaksa confirm.

    Hiran Gunwardena Friday, 31 July 2015 02:18 AM

    Brave decision justice prevailed in the end to the fury of looseing UNP supporters

    simon Friday, 31 July 2015 04:07 AM

    How do you know for fact or it is just your imagination like your other comments !

    mori Friday, 31 July 2015 04:22 AM

    Are you all passing judgement without even hearing evidence? That is called Kangaroo Court - just what terrorists do.

    Sincere Friday, 31 July 2015 05:34 PM

    AG is right. MR was not involved, but the latter got others involved in the matter.

    renu Saturday, 01 August 2015 04:25 PM

    Romesh de Silva Police could not do anything in the 9 Years as it was Rajapakse regime at that time. All such dealing were swept under the carpet > I am sure this "learned" Lawyer should understand that

    OMG Friday, 31 July 2015 07:15 AM

    A verdict worth a billion bucks.


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