Indictments against Sarath Kumara Gunaratne

The Attorney General will file indictments against former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne for misappropriating Rs.12 million public funds.

The CID is conducting investigations against Gunaratne and five others for allegedly misappropriating Rs.12 million funds allocated for the Negombo Lagoon Development Project. The CID informed Court that the Attorney General will file indictments in the High Court against the suspects.

When the case came up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara, the CID said they have sought the Attorney General’s advice regarding the case.

 The Attorney General will file indictments against the suspects.Further magisterial inquiry into the incident was fixed for March 22, 2018.

Six suspects including former Fisheries Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, his son-in-law Upul Chaminda Kumarasinghe and four other Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation (CFHC)officials were arrested by the CID for the alleged misappropriation of Rs. 12 million belonging to CFHC during the last Presidential election. They are currently on bail.

The CID named six including Gunaratne as suspects on the Attorney General’s instructions.The Special Presidential Investigation Commission had recommended that the Attorney General’s advice be sought to institute legal action against the persons responsible for this financial fraud. 

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