Rakna Lanka issue: Lawyers object to inclusion of Gota, four others as respondents

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Lawyers appearing for former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadipathi, former Navy Commanders Jayantha Kolabage, Jayantha Perera, and former assistant secretary to the defense ministry Damayanthi Jayaratne raised objections over the PRECIFAC naming their clients as respondents in an inquiry into the alleged fraud and corruption at Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd when the matter was taken up before the commission today.

Presidents Counsel Kuvera De Zoysa, Attorneys Sugath Kaldera and Nishan Premathiratne who appeared for them at the inquiry today argued that their clients should not have been named as respondents in the inquiries.

On hearing the submissions, the commission asked the lawyers to furnish in writing why their clients should not be regarded as responsible in the inquiry on or before December 2, a senior official of the commission said.

He said the commission had not taken a decision to name the former defence secretary, Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadipathi, former Navy Commanders Jayantha Kolabage, Jayantha Perera, and former assistant secretary to the defense ministry Damayanthi Jayaratne as respondents even though the lawyers raised legal points over that.

The official said the next public hearing on inquiries into the Rakna Arakshaka Lanka controversy had been fixed for December 3, 4, 11, 22 and 23.

Mr. Rajapaksa, the Avant Garde Chairman, the former Navy Commanders Jayantha Kolabage, Jayantha Perera, and former assistant secretary to the defence ministry were yesterday summoned by the commission to record evidence with regard to the alleged fraud and corruption at the Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd.

However, Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadipathi did not appear before the commission today as he was out of the country. (Ajith Siriwardana)


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  Comments - 6

  • Leo Thursday, 26 November 2015 03:12 PM

    So is arrests the next step Or more recordings. via DM Android App

    lkboy Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:11 AM

    Nothing for former defence secretary? wow.

    Labby Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:13 AM

    And GR is not one of them? We are not surprised.

    Labby Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:13 AM

    And GR is not one of them? We are not surprised.

    Bala Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:55 AM

    Of course nothing in writing from Gota - so the lower down staff in the soup.

    Hon. Arnolis Thursday, 26 November 2015 12:32 PM

    We are almost getting sick of this eye washing. When are we going to see some real action and steps taken to bring back the stolen billions??Already the yahapalanaya govt has started to put on our heads the sins of the MR regime by way of increased vehicle prices WHICH WILL definitely push up the price of every singe thing we use.


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