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Former Chief Minister S.M. Ranjith indicted

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The Bribery Commission has filed indictments before Colombo High Court against former North Central Province Chief Minister S.M. Ranjith Samarakoon and Shanthi Chandrasena, the spouse of Minister S.M. Chandrasena for allegedly causing an unlawful loss to the government when obtaining fuel allowance between September 27, 2012, and December 31, 2014.
S.M. Ranjith Samarakoon is a brother of Minister of Lands S.M. Chandrasena.
The Director-General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed indictments against S.M. Ranjith and his then private secretary Shanthi Chandrasena under section 70 of the Bribery Act on eight charges.
The Bribery Commission alleged that first accused S.M. Ranjith while serving as the North Central Province Chief  Minister had made arrangements to allocate a sum of Rs.2.68 million to the official vehicle of his private secretary Shanthi Chandrasena despite her fuel allowance had been added to her salary.
When the two accused appeared before Colombo High Court Judge Adithya Patabendi, they were ordered to be released on a surety bail of Rs.2.5 million each.
Meanwhile, defence counsel Darshana Kuruppu appearing for the accused informed that he wishes to raise preliminary objections challenging the maintainability of the indictment.
The indictments had been filed under five counts under section 70 of the Bribery Act and sections 113 and 102 of the Penal Code. 
Assistant Director-General of the Bribery Commission Asitha Anthony appeared for the prosecution.
Senior Counsel Sisira Rathnayaka with counsel Darshana Kuruppu, Mangala Ranaraja, Nilantha Wijesinghe, Buddhika Thilakarathna, Dineru Bandara appeared for the accused. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 4

  • Nidos Wednesday, 24 November 2021 04:22 PM

    Case filed after seven years. Anyway the AG may soon withdraw the Case.

    Lion Wednesday, 24 November 2021 05:05 PM

    Then no case against his brother for cashing on funds sent as farmers compensation due to mavilaru closure.

    sam Wednesday, 24 November 2021 08:35 PM

    Waste of time and money

    Sapapala Thursday, 25 November 2021 04:45 PM

    This certainly is Political Victimization for working so hard tirelessly. Case could be withdrawn and compensation given to this poor fellow.

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