AG’s advice sought

17 August 2010 03:34 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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By Sandun A. Jayasekera 

 

The advice of the Attorney General Department is being sought by the Land Ministry regarding the illegal sale of a block of land in the Knuckles Range to Air Force Commander Roshan Gunatilaka.

 

Air Chief Marshall Gunatilaka is allegedly setting up a holiday home on land which is declared by the Forest Department as ‘environmentally sensitive’.

 

“Both the sale of this 21 hectare-block of land after it was gazetted to have been acquired by the Lands Ministry under the Land Acquisition Act of 1961 and the construction of a house or tourist hotel on it are illegal. We will definitely take legal action against this and acquire the block of land on the advice of the AG,” Land Ministry Secretary Asoka Peiris told Daily Mirror.

 

Secretary Peiris added that the said land was to be acquired from its owner Roy De Silva and compensation paid to him at the time it was illegally sold it to Air Force Commander Roshan Gunatilaka.  

 

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  • gona Tuesday, 17 August 2010 05:44 PM

    Yes, reclaim the land, does he think he can get away with it. Maybe he should too face a court martial?

    Jay Tuesday, 17 August 2010 06:07 PM

    Looks as if MR is now panaroid of not just SF but RG as well...

    Nath Tuesday, 17 August 2010 07:44 PM

    The 'million dollar question' is, from where did he get the millions to buy this land?

    Citizen Tuesday, 17 August 2010 08:53 PM

    People in the North & East cannot access their lands. The families of soldiers who died in the war, are still not being fully looked-after. But, people at the top need such luxuries!?

    matara kolla Tuesday, 17 August 2010 09:26 PM

    The seller, notary, intermediaries and purchaser, should all be prosecuted. The Income-Tax department should also be on the alert, to check for undeclared assets, used for such purchases.

    sltk2004 Wednesday, 18 August 2010 05:08 AM

    Why do they want the advice of AG if it is illegal ? If AG says not to meddle with this, will they allow this illegal activity ?

    If a poor person sells something on the pavement shop (temporarily) or if someone puts up even a small garage or a shed in his own land without urban council or municipal council permission, then the authorities won't have any hesitation in taking action.

    We should be thankful for this type of treatment

    Bluff Bluff Tuesday, 17 August 2010 05:29 PM

    No problem as long as he is on our side!


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