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Welgama’s case postponed for May 7

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday postponed the corruption case filed against former Transport Minister Kumara Welgama for May 7.

The attorney-at-law appearing on behalf of the Bribery Commission asked for another date to submit all the documents pertaining to the incident.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) charged the former minister with causing an unlawful loss to the government by appointing a Deputy Chairman to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), contrary to the Transport Act. The CIABOC had filed the case under Section 70 of the Bribery Act, over three charges.

The CIABOC alleged that the former minister had unlawfully appointed L.A. Wimalaratne as the Deputy Chairman of the SLTB on June 23, 2010, when he (Welgama) was the Transport Minister.

The Commission further alleged that the former minister had paved the way to confer Rs. 3.2 million to the Deputy Chairman, as his salary and other benefits, causing an unlawful loss to the government.


 

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