The Defence Counsel in the Basil Rajapaksa roofing sheet case sought a long trial date citing that they were busy with other court cases, yesterday.

Further trial was fixed for March 16, 2018, by Colombo High Court Judge R. Gurusinghe, since the defence counsel objected to an early trial date.

The first witness Nadeeka Sanjeewani, an assistant secretary to the Samurdhi Development Department concluded her evidence.

The case is filed against four accused including former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa for allegedly misappropriating Rs. 2991 million of funds belonging to Divi Neguma Department while distributing roofing sheets among Divi Neguma beneficiaries during the previous Presidential Election.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, former Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development Dr. Nihal Jayasinghe, former Director General of Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka and former Deputy Director General of Divi Neguma Department Bandula Tilllekasiri in the Colombo High Court for allegedly distributing roofing sheets costing Rs. 2,991 million during January 2015 Presidential election.

The Attorney General has initiated legal proceedings against four accused under the Penal Code and the Public Property Act for misappropriating Rs. 2991 million without Parliament approval. Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige appeared for the Attorney General.President’s Counsel Gamini Marapana with Jayantha Weerasinghe PC and counsel Navin Marapana appeared for the accused. 

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