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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - 19:12
Chamal takes legal action, Basil indicted, Mahinda summoned to Massive Fraud and Corruption Commission, Gotabhaya resorts to protest
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MP Chamal Rajapaksa filed a petition with the Court of Appeal today seeking injunction to prevent the premature takeover of a building by the Urban Development Authority.

The particular building located in Battaramulla has been leased out for 30 years by D.A. Rajapaksa Foundation.

The Court of Appeal which considered the petition today has issued notices on the respondent including the director general of Urban Development Authority to appear before courts on May 5th.

Meanwhile, Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa was served indictment today for incurring a loss of 29.4 million rupees to the government.

He has been accused of printing propaganda almanacs which carried the photographs of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa during the pas presidential election.

The Case against former minister Basil Rajapaksa was taken before Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga this morning.

At the same time, the Judge released the suspect on one hundred thousand cash bail and two surety bails of 500 thousand each.

In addition, the Court ordered to transfer another Case against Basil Rajapaksa to High Court No.01.

Lawyers appeared for Basil Rajapaksa said that same allegations against the former minister were investigated by the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry in which High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga sits as a commissioner.

Basil Rajapaksa’s lawyers said, therefore, they object the same Case to be heard before the same High Court judge.

Meanwhile, 8 suspects of the Avant Garde incident including a former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa filed initial objections when the Case was taken before Colombo Fort Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe today.

The Magistrate ordered the Attorney General to file contraries, if any, within two weeks before the next hearing day, on May 29th.

The suspects including Gotabhaya Rajapaksa have been accused of incurring 114 million rupees to the government by permitting ‘Avant Garde Marine Limited’ to run a floating armory.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Massive Fraud and Corruption has summoned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to record a statement tomorrow.

A statement will be recorded from the former president with regard to the financial loss that has been incurred to Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, by telecasting his propaganda material during the past presidential election.
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