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HC allows to screen TV interview by Lalith Weeratunga

Sil Redi distribution case:

The Colombo High Court hearing the controversial Sil Redi distribution (fabrics used by devotees to observe sil) case yesterday permitted the prosecution to screen a video footage relating to a television interview by former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge during the last Presidential Election campaign.

The High Court recorded evidence from former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge as the defence witnesses in the case and he is being cross examined by Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige.

The objections raised by Defence Counsel Kalinga Indatissa PC challenging the prosecution's attempt to screen a videos footage were dismissed by High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga.

DSG Mudalige had informed Court that Lalith Weeratunga had made a statement during a television interview that a sum of Rs.600 million had been released by TRC following a special order made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and that matter has to be confirmed during the cross examination.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge and former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita, in connection with a criminal misappropriation of Rs.600 million belonging to the TRC funds during the 2015-Presidential Election campaign.

Former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge is to be further cross examined on May 9.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against the two accused on three counts of committing a criminal misappropriation funds amounting to Rs.600 million at the TRC while spending for a ‘Sil Redi’ distribution programme in contravention of the Telecommunication Act, No.25 of 1991 Act during the period of October 30, 2014 to January 5, 2015.

The prosecutors alleged that the funds referred to had been remitted to a bank account maintained by Secretary to the President.

The charges had been filed under the Public Property Act while listing 21 persons as the prosecution witnesses.Former Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya and former President’s Coordinating Secretary (Religious Affairs) Ven. Vatinapaha Somananda Thera are among the persons who had been named as the witnesses.

Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige appeared for the prosecution.

President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa with counsel Kanchana Rathwatte and Niroshan Siriwardena appeared for the accused. 


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