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Health Minister allowed to travel abroad

The Colombo High Court yesterday ordered temporary lifting the travel ban imposed against Health and Water Supply Minister Keheliya Rambukwella over a case for allegedly causing an unlawful loss to the government by misusing public funds belonging to the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) by purchasing 600 GI pipes.

The case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Navaratne Marasinghe and he ordered to lift the travel ban imposed against Minister Rambukwella until December 31 after considering a letter submitted by the Health Ministry stating that it is essential for the Health Minister to travel abroad to obtain essential medicines for the people and the health system of Sri Lanka. The case was fixed for pre-trial-conference on February 1, 2023 by the Colombo High Court.

The Bribery Commission filed indictment in the Colombo High Court against Health and Water Supply Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Former Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Director General Liyanage Chandrapala and its Chairman Wimalasena Rupasinghe alleging that they have committed an offence of corruption under the Bribery Act during the period from November 25, 2014 to December 10, 2014, while acting as the Mass Media Minister, causing loss to the government by purchasing 600 GI pipes worth Rs. 990,000 from funds belonging to the SLRC.

The case was filed against the accused under 4 counts under the Bribery Act and the Penal code. Twenty six Prosecution witnesses and 17 items had been named as the productions of the case in the indictment.

 

 


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