Bribery granted more time to file charge sheet

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday granted further time to the Bribery Commission to file a charge sheet against former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and two others.

This is for allegedly committing a Rs. 53.1 million fraud while importing sports equipment during last Presidential Election.

The Bribery Commission was directed to file a charge sheet against the accused on May 15 by Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara.

In this case, the Bribery Commission had named Nalin Ranjeewa Fernando as the third suspect. He was ordered to appear before Bribery Commission to make a statement regarding the incident.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption had filed a corruption case in Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court against former Sports Minister, Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage and another official of the Sports Ministry, over a Rs.53.1 million fraud said to have taken place, when importing sports equipment to sports clubs. Senior State Counsel Asad Navavi with Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption’s Deputy Director General (Legal), Ganga Heiyanthuduwa appeared for the prosecution.

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