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By T. Farook Thajudeen


The Deputy Director of Human Resources of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) was today remanded by the Colombo Additional Magistrate for the fraudulent misappropriation of Rs 1,619,899 of public money.

The suspect Humpita Pathirannnahalage Nishantha Kumara, a resident of Makola was arrested by the Police unit of the Presidential Investigation Division consequent to a complaint made by the Deputy Finance Director R.C. Ratnayake of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

ASP Ruwan Gunasekera of the unit submitted that the suspect had siphoned off the funds of the TRC and said the offence committed falls under the Public Property Act and objected for releasing the suspect on bail.

The ASP said the investigation had revealed that the suspect who is responsible  for providing air passage facilities had brought the tickets for the officers to travel abroad from various ticketing agents and had subsequently repurchased them from two bogus ticketing agents that the suspect was running under the names Travel Partner (Private) Limited and Western Win.

The Police said that Travel Partner (Private) had been registered to the suspects home address and Western Win was registered on a bogus address at Elvitigala Mawatha. Police also said that the suspect had committed the offence in twenty occasions. They said suspect had admitted that he committed the fraud and had agreed to refund the concerned money to the Commission.

Counsel Shantha Herath appearing for the suspect moved to grant bail to the suspect.

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  • Aadil Thursday, 22 July 2010 03:52 AM

    This sort of fraud is not easy to do without the knowledge of the head in department. Might been a problem with the shares.

    MaPer Thursday, 22 July 2010 04:01 AM

    Hope the DD/Finance has clean hands. Normally it is a chief that catches a thief.

    citizen1 Wednesday, 21 July 2010 05:22 PM

    The country is abundant with with rogues at every possible angle. Shows we need some major shift in our thinking.

    dagobert Thursday, 22 July 2010 08:12 AM

    process is taking place quietly.

    we must learn to acknowledge & encourage without criticising.
    Nothing can happen overnight.

    nihal malli Wednesday, 21 July 2010 09:36 PM

    What about the rest at the 'top'?

    Bluff Bluff Thursday, 22 July 2010 05:53 AM

    If not how can he be qualified to be an employee of TRC?!!

    Krish Thursday, 22 July 2010 06:10 AM

    Done a good work, all the bribe greedies should be locked up & see sri lanka growing rapidly

    Jason Wednesday, 21 July 2010 11:20 PM

    The government should also look into the fraudulent activities taking place, on a 'mega' scale, within the postal & customs departments!

    jeena Thursday, 22 July 2010 06:16 AM

    The dirt under the carpet is beginning to show

    garawi Wednesday, 21 July 2010 11:53 PM

    Everybody in the government sector seems to have been robbing the nation while the poor village lads in the forces were fighting a war to save the country from terrorists!

    DireStraits Thursday, 22 July 2010 03:40 AM

    excellent!! my vote will definitely be with a govt that tackles curruption! this is only a win win!!!

    kasun liyanage Wednesday, 21 July 2010 03:24 PM

    the process to turn Colombo the most amazing city in Asia.

    Tharaka Chanaka Wednesday, 21 July 2010 03:40 PM

    another one bites the dust...

    Perera007 Wednesday, 21 July 2010 03:53 PM

    It is very good to see the government cracking down on such activities. Good signs of a developing Sri Lanka.


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