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Two corruption caes: Sarana pleads guilty; fined Rs.2000

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Former Development Lotteries Board Chairman Sarana Gupta Gunawardena who pleaded guilty for failing to declare his assets and liabilities from 2005 to 2007 was yesterday ordered to pay a fine of Rs.2000 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.

Earlier, the Bribery Commission (BC) filed two cases against the suspect under the non declaration of assets Act for two years.

Having scrutinised all the records, Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara imposed a fine of Rs. 1000 each on the two cases and directed the suspect to serve a two month jail period if he failed to pay the fine.

Appearing on behalf of the suspect, President’s Counsel Anil Silva informed court the suspect had not committed any previous offences and requested that he be given any kind of punishment according to the Act.

Under Chapter 63, Section 9 of the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Act 1975, a person who is convicted of an offence under the Act will be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand rupees or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both such fine and imprisonment.

Mr. Gunawardena also has nine ongoing cases filed by the Bribery Commission over alleged corruption while serving as DLB chairman. (Yoshitha Perera)

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  • Ravi Friday, 21 July 2017 08:36 AM

    Who is fooling who ?

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 21 July 2017 08:45 AM

    How sweet only Rs. 1000 per incident, almost like a petty traffic fine, we should now bring in a bill for only parliamentarians to pay such fines in a subsidized manner or "duty free".

    JAN Friday, 21 July 2017 09:06 AM

    Misleading Cheating public what happened when ordinary people do this kind of act via DM Android App

    Bala Friday, 21 July 2017 10:11 AM

    Why was he not given one year imprisonment to be an example of a good citizen. That is what would have happened to the common man. These laws and regulations framed by parliamentarians to fool us and get away where only they will be liable in these cases while for the public stringent punishments are set by them - the lawmakers who break the law at every turn.

    rohantha Friday, 21 July 2017 10:14 AM

    WOW!!!!

    Roman Friday, 21 July 2017 11:55 AM

    19 bank accounts but only a 2k fine! shame!!!

    ranmala Friday, 21 July 2017 10:13 PM

    Rs. 2000 fine --peanuts. At least must make it rupees one lakh per year

    lion Saturday, 22 July 2017 05:39 AM

    It was published in detail how this man had aske for a huge bribe to sanction a housing project from a real estate developer. What has happen to that case? we the citizen of this country wait impatiently when theses rogues are rope in for justice.

    ceylon Saturday, 22 July 2017 08:29 AM

    jungle justice.to make this court procedeis how much cost the state.3 justice minister to change these stupid rules .31 months no job justice minister still sleep. via DM Android App

    Park Saturday, 22 July 2017 07:23 PM

    If the fine is only Rs2000- why should anyone declare their assets. Might as well not declare and pay the fine which is nothing for a person who is capable of making lots of money legally and illegally. What a sham.


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