Keheliya and former SPC chairman released on bail


Former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and former State Printing Corporation (SPC) Chairman were today ordered to be released on bail by Colombo Chief Magistrate for allegedly causing an unlawful loss of Rs.230,984 to the government after paying former Minister’s  mobile phone bill using SPC funds, while functioning as the Mass Media Minister in 2012.

Accordingly, former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and former SPC Chairman Jayampathi Bandara Heenkenda were ordered to be released on a surety bail of Rs.500, 000 each by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara.

The Bribery Commission alleged that the former minister had induced the CPC chairman to pay his mobile phone bill from March 15, 2012 to April 14, 2012 causing an unlawful loss to the government, while serving as the Mass Media Minister.

Meanwhile, the defense party yesterday filed written submissions regarding their preliminary objections challenging the maintainability of the case. The prosecution was directed to file their counter objections in court on October 30.

The Bribery Commission had named former (SPC) Jayampathi Bandara Heenkenda as an accused for aiding and abetting to commit the offence.

The Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed this case against former minister and former SPC chairman under section 70 of the Bribery Act on three counts.

Meanwhile, SPC former chairman was granted bail in respect of 13 other cases for causing a loss of Rs.74 million to the government when paying hotel bills and bonus payments using SPC funds.

Counsel Anuradha Siriwardena, the Assistant Legal Director of Bribery Commission appeared for the prosecution. Counsel Niroshan Siriwardena appeared for the accused.

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