Basil further remanded till May 20

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Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and three other Economic Development Ministry officials were today ordered to be further remanded till May 20 by Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala for allegedly misappropriating millions of Ministry funds without Treasury sanction.

At the outset, the Counsel appearing for the suspects filed written submissions seeking seek bail for their clients. They contended that the alleged offences committed by the suspects did not come under the provisions of the Public Property Act, and as such the Magistrate was empowered to grant bail to the suspects.

However, the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) responded to the counsel that they would first seek the Attorney General’s advice on the submissions of the counsel and sought two weeks time to reply.

At this stage the Defence Counsel Sandya Thalduwa contended that the Attorney General did not have any status to make directions to the Magistrate on granting bail. She said it was a matter of the Magistrate’s discretion to grant bail to the suspects.

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Former Divineguma Department Director General R.A.K Ranawaka,  Former Economic Development Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilake and its Bank Director P.B.Thilakasiri were accordingly further remanded till May 20. (Farook Thajudeen and Irangani Edirisinghe)

  Comments - 21

  • Guru Thursday, 07 May 2015 02:24 PM

    Law has come in to effect, but we have to see to finish the case and punish them at the earliest.

    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 07 May 2015 02:30 PM

    Very good move, but he should be kept in the remand.

    Bubble Banda Thursday, 07 May 2015 02:32 PM

    Basil might play a drama again like a sickly person.

    de silva Friday, 08 May 2015 05:54 AM

    Apith munta chande dunnane.Gahanna one apitai.

    chux Thursday, 07 May 2015 06:54 PM

    pls ask all the others who shared the money with all to follow you soon.

    Puzzled Sri Lankan? Thursday, 07 May 2015 02:47 PM

    Why is that please? Can anyone advise me?

    Fassey Thursday, 07 May 2015 02:53 PM

    Very good, let us wait and see for how long he is going to be sick. These culprits were very healthy when they were ruling and robbing, but when they get caught they fall sick and need ambulance to go to the courts. What a drama.

    Shanthi USA Thursday, 07 May 2015 02:59 PM

    What are the allegations? Why are they hidden by the media?

    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 07 May 2015 03:01 PM

    Aiyo Basil..... Aiyo Basil.... why did you rob the public money? Can MR or WW save you? You should end up in the Prison forever for all your bad deeds.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 07 May 2015 03:03 PM

    We SriLankans are awaiting for the good day, you count the Jail bars. Its the New Year for us.

    Push Thursday, 07 May 2015 05:29 PM

    These are deserving cases. Hope others will follow.

    Suresh Thursday, 07 May 2015 08:41 PM

    Why he is not in remand prison?

    Coconut Republic Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:27 PM

    Further remanded or further admitted? ???

    MightyAnt Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:27 PM

    Alibaba calls this "Political Victimisation". My foot.

    upali Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:36 PM

    After granting bail ultimately no out come.

    kalakanee Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:36 PM

    horunta honda wadey. Ape sali okoma kaala kaala rata vinsai

    MightyAnt Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:37 PM

    These people even got the CJ impeached in a most disgraceful manner spearheaded by a Standard 8 educated bum. Throw this fellow into a dungeon.

    Lawyer Thursday, 07 May 2015 06:12 PM

    Bail is not the end, It only gives him the freedom to move until the court gives its decision. Things are not over yet for duminda or basil

    Sri Lankan Thursday, 07 May 2015 06:14 PM

    Throw this fellow into prison for a very very long period of time as the Sri Lankan community in Palm Springs and south California know all the corrupt practices the Rajapakses was involved in US and does not want him to return to his motherland!!!

    Cyril n Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:49 PM

    Good luck to Hon.Basil R for extended rest and relaxation.

    Dingimahattaya Thursday, 07 May 2015 02:05 PM

    do not allow this culprit to stay in the hospital ward, put him in the cell.Dingi

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