Lalith, Anusha released on bail

2017-09-20 12:47:27

Former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga and TRC’s former director general Anusha Palpita were today released on bail by Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga.

They were earlier sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment after they were found guilty of misappropriating Rs.600 million belonging to the TRC and using it to distribute ‘Sil Redi’ during the 2015 presidential election campaign.

Mr.Weeratunga and Mr. Palpita were each released on cash bail of Rs.100, 000 with three sureties of Rs.1 million each. Their passports were impounded by Court. (Yoshitha Perara)


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  Comments - 69

  • perera Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:16

    No wonder the world community insist on foreign judges....we have bunch of comedian as judges in Sri Lanka.

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    Yahiya Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:03

    Law is like a donkey. Which side turn it will go.

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    huna Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:10

    What an efficient legal system !!! They were sentenced only few days back, now both are out on bail... If a normal did this, he even wont get a chance to appeal !!Sri Lanka is gone to dogs !!!

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    Lokka Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:16

    Duminda will also appeal soon.... what a Joke!!!

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    Ranil Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:48

    So 1 we are told they are found guilty and go to 2 we are told they are going to hospital. then the Doctor also gets 3, we hear they are released on bail. I dont understand.

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    Prisoner Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:56

    Will they enter private hospitals or take to the street to collect donations with the help of Gammanpila.

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    Premalal Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:12

    What a miraculous recovery. Very soon we will call for foreign doctors as well.

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    M.K. Leelaratne Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:32

    When Orders comes from PM, judges are helpless. who can over-rule PM?

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    Dr. A.C.B. Jayaweera Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:34

    You are 100% correct Sir. SL needs foreign judges to establish Law in order for us.

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    Kottawa Ariathissa Thero Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:52

    Those days WR controlled the Judges, now RW and Thalatha is controlling the judges. Correct?

    Reply : 2       6

    malij Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:25

    It is an inside job. The Attorney General's department has not objected giving bail. Plain putrid.

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    ANTON Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:17


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    daham Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:29

    You deserve it.

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    malik Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:03

    Now they can become monks, and join them in protest

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    Arnold Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:17

    This is not going to do any good for this government. If a normal Sri Lankan steals a coconut from a government owned land he will be basically hung from his feet and smoked.

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    Jagath Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:45

    These are the real dramas . We are fooled by everybody .

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    Malik Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:18

    if their convicted, found guilty and sentence how on earth can any one release these crooks on bail,since verdict was already given,normally appeal takes awhile,what happened here ? very funny and fishy

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    Joseph Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:12

    Absolutely correct. God bless Sri Lanka if the judicial system is what we are witnessing now

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    ceylon Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:21

    comedy drama started again.shame on governmentcourtsag departmentand this two theives who looted public money. via DM Android App

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    Bala Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:22

    Same story - Same ending. What fun with Rs.600 million.

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    Hautaum Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:25

    They have discharged from the Hospital. Gov should provide HC new modal good calculator immediately..

    Reply : 1       46

    Premalal Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:16

    Notice to all seriously sick. Please appear before a judge and request for admission to the prison hospital. They cure all diseases within days and you will be beaming from ear to ear.

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    Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:28

    Released from hospital.

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    Wise Donkey Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:22

    That means both went there just for a check up!

    Reply : 1       55

    Potta Harry Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:45

    Get well soon both. I hope they will directly admitted to a hospital for further treatment.

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    Saman Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:48

    ....and this years Emmys for best drama goes to ...."Lalith, Anusha and Sill Reddha"... (applause from the audience)

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    RD Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:52

    This would be the part of the deal. The other part would relate to the bond scam.

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    BUSHEL Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:55


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    varuandhar Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:00

    Can an ordinary citizen of this country get bail like this when the chargers are so obvious? This country will NEVER change. It is always the ordinary citizens of this country get oppressed.....Actually, the best option is to say "goodbye" to a country like this and migrate...

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    Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:09

    100% correct. simply an exchange syndrome. error erase by error no full stop. Land of who's?

    Reply : 1       28

    ranmala Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:45

    Send all the 225 jokers in parliament home and get new brainy ones

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    gederata palayang Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:07

    yahapalaaya Gederata palayang

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    Anne appoi Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:08

    This is yahapalayanaya!! We felt sorry and released them on bail...hehe

    Reply : 1       17

    A disgusted citizen Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:09

    Well. done - setting a very good lesson for younger generation - Very pathetic situ. If an Ordinary man steal, severe punishment meted out- but for VIP applied different law...No wonder - SL is heading for a disaster

    Reply : 1       49

    Sambo Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:09

    So now what will happen to all that money collect by monks going on pinnapatha. Have ball is it?

    Reply : 1       49

    daham Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:27

    All that money would be given to you. Would you be satisfied?

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    Kottawa Ariyaratne Thero Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:06

    well Kurunegala MP, Mahinda Rajapakshe will buy a luxury car for his Kiri Baba Namal out of Pinnapatha. Ha..Ha..Ha..

    Reply : 0       7

    Wise Donkey Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:20

    Will the boss ordered the 'jilmal' take that place?

    Reply : 0       39

    Banji Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:29

    Banana Republic!!!

    Reply : 1       47

    janaya Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:33

    Oh what a beautiful paradise this is for Rogues and murderers

    Reply : 1       51

    dagan Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:28

    Yes, They are governing the country.

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    sanjaya Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:21

    which ever side it is, its the same class of people...

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    Citizen Perera Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:21

    Will they be admitted to a Hospital?

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    ‌OBSEVER Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:53


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    max Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:58

    Well, these two govt servants have NOT misused money for their own personal use, according to the judgement. So why yahapalana backing commentators here are crying so much?And bail out is nothing new? Thats on par with the law of the country!

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    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:20

    Absolute nonsense... read the evidence. So if I steal from a bank and give it to somebody, do you think the law will give me bail like the way it did now?

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    GFA Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:02

    The big joke of the day!, if this would have been to a poor man, still nobody will talk, Sir lanka law is gone to the Dogs, this is unaccepted in any circumstance. people do mistake should punish, why the law is and the courts for?

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    Jinn Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:20

    What will happen to a ordinary man, who was sentenced for a petty crime, will the learned Judges grant him bail ? The Law is gone to the dogs. 600 Million of Public Money vanished

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    Hubert Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:34

    Only in Sri Lanka there is a competition among courts how on earth this could happen its shockingcorrupt judiciary

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    rfernando Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:00

    They are entitled to an appeal just like everyone else. Till the appeal is taken up in court they are out on bail. Most probably at the end of the appeal hearing they will be back in jail. depending on the verdict.

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    SENA Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:07

    Is prison, a place so easy to go in and come out. My foot.RK said something AA followed and then KP followed, very soon AM too will follow. What a nation are we ?

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    CITIZEN Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:27

    Were they not sentenced by the High Court after finding them guilty of criminal misappropriation of public money?Now, how come again the High Court grant them bail? If at all should it not be the Court of Appeal that should grant bail pending determnation of appeal???

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    vms Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:28

    what will happen to all the money collected to pay for these chaps fines. has it gone to Hambantota help fund.......

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    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:03

    It went straight to Mahinda to handle the forth-coming election gifts....Anney...Anney..

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    Kadiya Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:26

    Ha ha ha ha, what a laugh. Now who will pocket the pindapathe money? Seriously, who is the law really afraid of?

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    Harry Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:11

    Making a way with precedents for Bond Scammers and supporters to get free - Shame on you Yahapaalanaya! - People voted for you to stop corruption!

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    dulandu Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:22

    This brilliant legal system has me trying to get divorced from 1995! The appeal filed by my wife is now over 7 years and I could not marry again .

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    Dr. A.C.B. Jayaweera Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:56

    Then what happened to MR's group Buddhist monks hat collection? Hope it will be used for JO's election campaign to purchase Wall clocks with MR's logo.

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    malij Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:57

    Why did not the lawyers representing Attorney General's department object for giving bail???? Another, like the Prisons doctor?? We can see how correct Ranjan Ramanayaka is now.

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    malij Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:15

    Start a "Save Ranjan Ramanayaka Fund" to pay the legal fees for the contempt case filled against him by the BASL. It is much more honorable than the pindapatha campaign by the section of the clergy tarnishing the religion. At least RR had the guts to call a spade a spade. Now we can see how correct he is. Two guys have been sentenced to prison and when they appeal the Attorney General's department does not object for giving bail. How come such traverse of justice??? Can the common man expect such a pole-vault from AG's department????

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    malij Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:22

    "Sil Redi" Drama. 1st Episode was "Case of the Prison Doctor" . Now the 2nd Episode "Case of the Attorney representing the Attorney General's Department". The Justice Minister must look into the matter why the attorney representing the AG's department did not object for giving bail for the two already convicted. Unless people will come to know it is another deal by the Government.

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    ceylon Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:31

    after bail out for various crimesnamalbasilgammabpikaweerawansa aluthbamage and so many now having life of luxuries and ttraveling abroad for to chsnge safer placess 4 stolen money. via DM Android App

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    ceylon Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:54

    confiscate their wealth and recover the balance lost 500 million.other who pay this loss to.the people . via DM Android App

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    TONY Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:00


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    TONY Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:05


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    TONY Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:10


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    TONY Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:12


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    SENA Thursday, 21 September 2017 17:25

    I think it is the best time to apply for bail for other criminals.

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    Sam Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:27

    Disgraceful. Not only cloth, but also caps and T shirt. It looks even the public servants are more concerned of their safety and have to look after them selves than giving judgement from criminals.

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