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The Attorney General today withdrew the indictment filed in Colombo High Court against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Director General of Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawake over the Rs. 29 million alleged misappropriation taken place in the printing and distribution of New Year almanacs using Divi Neguma funds.

Senior State Counsel Sudharshana de Silva appearing on behalf of the Attorney General informed court that due to a technical legal reason the indictments filed against the accused needed to be withdrawn.

According to the prosecution, when the indictment was served on the accused earlier, the Attorney General had not tendered the ‘consent letter’ with the indictments in court.

Senior State Counsel also said that the Attorney General would serve the indictments on the matter again in due course after correcting the technical legal fault.

Subsequently, Colombo High Court Judge Pathmini N. Ranawaka discharged former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Director General of Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawake over the case in which they were indicted on charges of misappropriation.

And consequently, all the orders given by the Court against accused pertaining to this particular case, including travel bans, now would be nullified. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

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  • sue Tuesday, 06 December 2016 03:27 PM

    Dare I say this? maybe the AG is being blackmailed.

    Voted Tuesday, 06 December 2016 03:40 PM

    The two jokers 1. President 2. Prime Minister ... Victims The ones who voted the yahapalanaya now called yakapalanaya. via DM Android App

    H.D.Gunaratne Tuesday, 06 December 2016 03:52 PM

    A.G. must enlighten the public as to the reasons that warranted withdrawal of the indictment.

    gerard_male Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:30 PM

    This is the start...more cases to be dropped soon....all these are deals.....Govt will go home soon...and we the idiots will suffer as MR must be licking his fingers and waiting for his time....xxxxxx

    B S Perera Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:05 AM

    Yahapalanayata Jayawewa!

    Upul Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:47 PM

    All the innocent people who voted for this govt. to punish the fraudsters are being taken for a long ride by the so called Mr. Clean and and the President. The other pending cases will have the same judgement making all of us look like fools. Thanks "YAHAPALANAYA" for rewarding the people who appointed you in this fashion.

    cheers Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:07 AM

    another defeat for Yahapalanya

    lalindra Tuesday, 06 December 2016 09:03 PM

    When wheels within wheels start spinning deals within deals starts happening.

    singhe Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:13 AM

    Waste of taxpayer's money

    ravin Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:13 AM

    Is it a joke? If there is no case why file a case in first place? waste of public funds. I think Attorney general should be investigated as well.

    ANTON Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:14 AM

    NUMBER OF CASES FILED =100 , NUMBER OF CASES WITHDRAWN =100 , RESULTS = WE GOT 100% SCREWED.

    yakadaya Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:16 AM

    Another Yahapalanaya deal !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Labby Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:32 AM

    May we know the thinking behind this decision?

    rasheed Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:33 AM

    All the Yahapalanaya dramas are slowly concluding.

    Pradeep W Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:38 AM

    This is the reward for breaking the SLFP.....How come the AG suddenly drop cases like this? It is only the innocent citizens of this country who get squeezed from all types of laws, rules, regulations, etc.. Fed up with this "Yahapalana" government....

    Sanath Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:38 AM

    We knew beforehand that this is what will happen in the end. All are in the same boat, and these cases are for just eye wash only. We, the general public are the fools.

    shanthapriya Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:45 AM

    he is being benefited for breaking SLFP

    Jacoob 25 000 Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:46 AM

    Not even a fine of a mere Rs 25,000 !! What a shame

    johan Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:48 AM

    How he got properties everywhere even in USA

    M.M.Mzzeth Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:51 AM

    Yahapalanya have to pay basil compencetion for danger they did for his good reputation

    Kamal Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:51 AM

    Ha ha ha ha... where are the fools.. who asked " Saadarana Samajayak""??

    words Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:53 AM

    Who looks stupid now Yahapalians LOL via DM Android App

    understand this Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:53 AM

    something very fishy behind of all these all of a sudden

    ce-kpp Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:59 AM

    Is this Yahapalanya? Are we idiots?

    Rohana Tuesday, 06 December 2016 12:04 PM

    What yahapalanya promised to the people that they will find the truth, all stolen money by previous regime will be given back to the people...See now suddenly whats happening...nothing is happening as we thought..in the past and present government


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