Rs.500 m kickback: Ravi says not involved

Former UNP Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake challenged the Ceylon Electricity Board Chairman to reveal the name of the Good Governance Government’s Power and Energy Minister who allegedly accepted a bribe of Rs 500 million to approve the construction of a 50 MW Solar Power Plant.

Former MP Karunanayake said that according to the existing laws there were no provisions to allow construction of solar power plants bigger than 2 MWs.

He said that the CEB chairman on an earlier day at a press conference at which Minister Mahinda Amaraweera participated said that one Power and Energy Minister had accepted such a massive amount of money for the approval.

He added that during the Good Governance Government regime, former MPs Patali Champika Ranawaka, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and himself held the Power and Energy Minister portfolio. He added that no such incident happened during his period as the Power and Energy Minister.

He hence challenged that if such a project has been approved, the CEB Chairman should reveal the name of the former Minister who accepted the money or those two former ministers should refute the statement.Former MP Ravi Karunanayake made these observations speaking at a press conference held on Friday.

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