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Laksala former chairman granted bail

Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board former chairman Anil Koswatte and three others appeared in Court over a corruption case filed by the Bribery Commission were yesterday ordered to be released on bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.

This is for allegedly causing unlawful loss to the Government when awarding a contract to a private company to build a new showroom at the National Museum premises, contrary to the accepted tender procedure.

Four accused were ordered to be released on a cash bail of Rs.10,000 with two sureties of one million rupees each by Colombo Additional Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption had filed the case against former DLB chairman under Section 70 of the Bribery Act.

The Bribery Commission further alleged that the accused have committed the offence on or around October 12, 2011 in violation of the law.