Posted on 10.15.2021 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The Colombo High Court released Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa from a case filed against him for allegedly misappropriating Rs.36.5 million of funds belonging to Divi Neguma Department.
Basil Rajapaksha then the Minister of Economic Development together with former Director General of Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka were accused of using public funds to purchase GI pipes, prior to the presidential election campaign of 2015.
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. Taking into consideration the facts, the High Court ordered to release two accused from the GI pipes case.
The similar releases of government officers accused of misappropriation of public funds occurred during the recent past. One such controversial decision was releasing two accused charged for spending public money to build a mausoleum dedicated for parents of Rajapaksha family.
The two accused were released since the misappropriated funds were returned by the time of he case being heard at courts.
This trend of release is given as examples of bias decisions and it is also rumored that the robbers would return the money of the goods snatched and get themselves released by Lankan courts.