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Ravi to give evidence in corruption case against Ex-Lanka Sathosa GM

Former Minister Ravi Karunanayke was yesterday noticed to appear before court on November 16 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court to give evidence regarding a corruption case filed against former General Manager of Lanka Sathosa Wimal Perera. Former Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake has been summoned to provide evidence with regard to the case filed against the accused by Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) in an incident where a sum of Rs.4 million loss had been incurred to the government when importing rice to Lanka Sathosa in 2002.

Minister Ravi Karunanayake was the Cabinet Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs from 2001 to 2004. When the case was taken up, evidence was recorded from the former Consumer Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s private secretary Anne Vindya Fernando. Evidence was led by the Assistant Director General of Bribery Commission Asitha Anthony.

Giving evidence before court, Vindya Fernando told the court that as a private secretary they have to manage the daily working schedule of the Minister.

Counsel appearing for MP Karunanayake informed the Magistrate that his client was unable to appear yesterday due to parliament sittings.

The Chief Magistrate ordered the both parties to annex the marked documents to the case record. The Chief Magistrate also issued summons on Former Sathosa Chairman Lal Wickramatunga to appear before court on November 16.