Judge declines to hear RADA case, hearing fixed for Jan. 29

The case filed against former MP Tiran Alles and three others was yesterday fixed for January 29 by the Colombo High Court.

High Court Judge Vikum Kaluarachchi declined to sit on the bench citing personal reasons yesterday. This case is to be taken up for hearing before High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against four accused for allegedly conspiring to misappropriate Rs.200 million of public funds belonging to Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) in 2005.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against the four accused-former Chairman of RADA Tiran Alles, former North and Eastern Provinces LTTE Financial Head Emil Kanthan, former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of RADA Saliya Wickramasuriya and Dr.Jayantha Dias Samarasinghe in connection with controversial RADA fraud.

The High Court had allowed the Attorney General to proceed with the case in absentia of former North and Eastern Provinces LTTE Financial Head Emil Kanthan, the second accused in the case.

The Attorney General had listed several witnesses including former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, former Treasury Secretary P.B.Jayasundara, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Provincial Councilor Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe and several others as witnesses in the case.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris with State Counsel Udara Karunatilleke appeared for the Attorney General. President’s Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty appeared for first accused Tiran Alles. President’s Counsel Shanaka Ranasinghe appeared for Emil Kanthan. President’s Counsel Anil Silva appeared for the third accused.

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