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Former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita Found Guilty

Former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita found guilty

Former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita found guilty Former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former director general of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC), Anusha Palpita were sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment, after being found guilty to the charge of misappropriating Rs.600 million belonging to the TRC and using it to distribute ‘Sil Redi’ during the 2015 presidential election campaign.

Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga also imposed a fine of Rs.2 million on each of the convicts and ordered to pay Rs.50 million to the TRC as compensation.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against the two accused on three counts of committing a criminal misappropriation funds amounting to Rs.600 million at TRC while spending for a ‘Sil Cloth’ (fabrics used by devotees to observe sill) distribution program in contravention of the Telecommunication Act, No. 25 of 1991 Act during the period of October 30, 2014 to January 5, 2015.

The prosecutors alleged that the funds referred to had been remitted to a bank account maintained by Secretary to the President.

The prosecutors alleged that the funds referred to had been remitted to a bank account maintained by the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's secretary Weeratunga.

Before the sentenced was passed, they made dock statements denying the allegations levelled against them and told the Court that they were innocent.

- Asian Tribune -

Lalith Weeratunga  - Anusha Palpita
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