Corruption case against former SLPA Chairman fixed for further trial

A corruption case filed against former Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) Chairman Priyath Bandu Wickrama and two others for allegedly causing a Rs.65 million unlawful loss to the government by employing 319 employees of the Ports Authority for election work during the 2015-January Presidential Election was yesterday fixed for further trial by Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.

When the matter came up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Aruni Atygala, the the third accused was not present in court and further trial fixed for February 22 next year. The court was informed that third accused Nihal Keppetipola was receiving treatment at a hospital.

The Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed this corruption case against former Ports Authority Chairman Priyath Bandu Wickrama, R.B. Sanjaya Kumara and Nihal Keppetipola under Section 70 of the Bribery Act on three charges.

The Bribery Commission alleged that the first accused Priyath Bandu Wickrama had unlawfully employed 319 employees for election work on or around October 20, 2014 to January 7, 2015, while he was serving as the Ports Authority Chairman.

Attorney-at-law Asitha Anthony, the Assistant Director (Legal) of Bribery Commission appeared for the prosecution. President’s Counsel Anil Silva appeared for the accused. 

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