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Basil released from GI pipes case after AG’s decision to withdraw indictment

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The Colombo High Court today ordered to release  Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Director General of Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka from a case filed against them for allegedly misappropriating Rs.36.5 million of funds belonging to Divi Neguma Department to purchase GI pipes.
Colombo High Court Judge Namal Balalle made this order following the Attorney General's decision to withdraw the indictment filed against two accused.
Deputy Solicitor General Asad Navavi appearing for the Attorney General sought Court permission to withdraw the indictment in accordance with section 194(3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act.
The Deputy Solicitor General submitted to court that two accused had been acquitted and released from another Divi Neguma case where the facts of that case are very similar to this case. He said defence counsel have brought this issue to the notice of the Attorney General. He further said the Attorney General has no intention to proceed with the indictments and thereby moved to withdraw the indictments.
Taking into consideration the facts, the High Court ordered to release two accused from the GI pipes case.
The Attorney General had filed indictments against Finance Minister and former Director General of Divi Neguma Department in the Colombo High Court for allegedly misappropriating Rs.36.5 million funds belongs to the Divi Neguma Development Department to purchase and distribute GI pipes during 2015 Presidential Election. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 28

  • R. C Chitty Friday, 15 October 2021 04:32 PM

    Rusty -- Is any one surprised?

    Suren Sarathkumara Friday, 15 October 2021 04:39 PM

    What a banana republic!!

    kola kotiya Friday, 15 October 2021 04:43 PM


    ranjit Friday, 15 October 2021 04:44 PM

    here we go again - an AG famous for withdrawing indictment filed against government politicos and stooges

    sunanda Friday, 15 October 2021 04:44 PM

    why does the AG have no intention to peruse the case?

    sunil Friday, 15 October 2021 04:45 PM

    so no one stole Rs.3.6M

    rajan Friday, 15 October 2021 04:45 PM

    puppet AG withdrawing indictments

    pradeep Friday, 15 October 2021 05:01 PM

    Only thing that SIR is doing very successful

    Sambo Friday, 15 October 2021 05:15 PM

    Our law is not for the Rajapaksha's. They have no law and can do anything as they please. Every case is "Nidos kot Nidahas.

    ala Friday, 15 October 2021 05:42 PM


    ravin Friday, 15 October 2021 05:46 PM

    Ha haa !! It was long overdue. Does justice prevail?

    Kosappu Friday, 15 October 2021 05:50 PM

    What a joke this AG is

    Sam Silva Friday, 15 October 2021 05:57 PM

    They rule the country and what do you expect.

    Ali Hora G Friday, 15 October 2021 06:29 PM

    Which hell are we heading for? A separate law for pohottuwa members. God help this country. Even the AG is working for them.

    N SENA Friday, 15 October 2021 06:39 PM


    Chux Friday, 15 October 2021 06:40 PM

    What else to expect

    Upulpb Friday, 15 October 2021 06:41 PM

    Yet another good example of One country One law

    Kps Friday, 15 October 2021 07:00 PM

    You do politics, then you are above the law. Politicians never get punished for crimes they committed. Aren’t we shame of our country.

    VJ Friday, 15 October 2021 07:12 PM


    Wonders Friday, 15 October 2021 07:34 PM

    No surprise.

    Why Friday, 15 October 2021 07:56 PM

    I see only withdrawal of cases by AG.Why?

    Ranjan Saturday, 16 October 2021 08:59 AM

    We are number in law and order, no comparison with any other country.

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Saturday, 16 October 2021 09:02 AM

    This is a pattern now! AG Withdrawing cases. Disgusting! This is why we are questioned by the UN.

    Jude de silva Saturday, 16 October 2021 09:14 AM

    If not AG will be inside a white van

    Lawless Saturday, 16 October 2021 09:29 AM

    AG has been appointed not to uphold the law but follow orders ?

    Waco Saturday, 16 October 2021 11:16 AM

    AG, shame on you.

    Sirinaga Hettige Saturday, 16 October 2021 04:52 PM

    Well done! BR is completely clear now and ready to be the next PM!!

    U ali Sunday, 17 October 2021 12:34 PM

    Seems good rapport between AG and accused,

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