Johnston, three others released from bribery case | Daily News

Johnston, three others released from bribery case

Minister of Highways and Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando and three others were yesterday released by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddhika C. Ragala from the bribery case in connection with the alleged use of a group of Sathosa employees for political activities.

When the case was taken up yesterday before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court, the Bribery Commission informed the Court that the case had been filed without the written consent of the three Commissioners of the Bribery Commission and that it was not possible to proceed with the case.

Considering the circumstances, the Colombo Chief Magistrate ordered that the suspects be released from the case subject to re-file cases.

The case was filed against Minister of Highways and Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando, former CWE (Lak Sathosa) Chairman Eraj Fernando and former Minister’s Private Secretary Raj Mohideen Mohammad Sakeer over allegedly causing an unlawful loss of Rs.40 million to the Government by employing 153 employees of the Cooperative wholesale establishment for election work during 2010 to 2014.The Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed these corruption cases against three accused under section 70 of the Bribery Act on three charges.

 


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