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Sep 07, 2017

Lalith, Anusha given 3.5-yr imprisonment, 54m fine (update) Featured

The Attorney General filed indictments against former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge and former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita, in connection with a criminal misappropriation of Rs.600 million belonging to the TRC funds during the 2015-Presidential Election campaign and they were found guilty by the Colombo High Court today.

Accordingly, for the first charge they were ordered 1 ½ years’ imprisonment and Rs. 2 million fine.
For the second charge too they were ordered 1 ½ years’ imprisonment and Rs. 2 million fine while for the third charge, they were given six months imprisonment and Rs. 50 million fine to be paid to the TRC.

This case was filed on charges that funds of the TRC was utilised in a manner that would favour a sole candidate at the presidential election.
The defendants' party claimed that although it was intended to obtain the funds from the Presidents fund due to the lack of funds the money was obtained from the TRC.

However, the judge ruled that a proper procedure was not followed in this incident.
He pointed out that it was unjust to utilise the funds of the TRC to provide such 'Sil' cloths in order to influence the voters.

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Lalith- Anusha found guilty – punishment expected shortly

Former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Palpita have been found guilty by the Colombo High Court in the ‘Sil Cloth’ case. They are charged with obtaining Rs. 600 million of TRC funds and misappropriating it to provide Sil cloths during the Presidential election campaign.

The punishment will be meted out in a short while and Court proceedings have been delayed for a short while.

The verdict will be delivered by Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunge today (07).
The Attorney General had filed charges against the two accused for misappropriation of these funds during the period October 30, 2014 to January 05, 2015.

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