Travel ban on Mahanama, Dissanayaka | Daily News

Travel ban on Mahanama, Dissanayaka

Filing a motion before court, Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption officials yesterday pleaded to issue a travel ban on President’s former Chief of Staff I. H. K. Mahanama and former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka,

The investigation initiated with the complaint that Mahanama had demanded Rs. 540 million from an Indian investor who was ready to acquire a section of the Kantale sugar factory. Mahanama had been attending to this matter of settling the transaction some time ago while he was the Land Ministry Secretary.

However, the Indian investor had refused to pay the sum stating that it was high and demanded to reduce it. Within several weeks, they allegedly had agreed to accept Rs 100 million. The two were arrested at a car park of a luxury hotel in the capital Colombo, on May 3, by the officers of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption while accepting a bribe of Rs. 20 million.

The suspects are currently on bail. After considering the matter, the magistrate issued a travel ban for both suspects and ordered the court registrar to inform it to Immigration and Emigration Department.


 

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