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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Chandrika to face charges on Rs. 350 million land deal

[b]Chandrika to face charges on Rs. 350 million land deal and mini army of 200 [/b]

[b] 17 January, ([/b] President Chandrika Kumaratunga will have to face a court case in which she is charged with violating the 1986 Presidential Privileges Act by acquiring prime land worth over Rs.350 million.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the present Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake and cabinet ministers who endorsed the deal have been asked to appear before courts on February 20, 2006.

The Court of Appeal has granted leave to Victor Ivan, the editor of Ravaya, a Sinhala weekly, to go ahead with his petition to investigate the land deal. The land deal was arranged when she was president. At that time when the tsunami victims could not get a piece of land to build a shack, her cabinet approved hastily the grant of this land near the parliament complex. They felt that poor Chandrika had suffered too much as president and she deserved a gift of 350 million.

Victor Ivan states that she has already spent Rs. 850 million in developing the land.

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