Colombo High Court Judge Preethi Padman Surasena today ordered the civil rights of 2 government officers who pleaded guilty for taking bribes be removed for 7 years.
The civil rights were taken away from a Social service officer and an officer in the Consumer Protection Authority.
According to the verdict during these 7 years both officers will not be able to vote or stand for election and none of their family members will be eligible for government service.
The court also issued fines and suspended jail sentences to both officers.
The officer of the consumer protection authority has been levied a 75 thousand rupee fine and the social service officer has been ordered to pay a fine of 24 thousand rupees.
The officer of the consumer protection authority was found guilty of taking a 15 thousand rupee bribe in order to not file a case against a shop owner who has sold a kilo of rice above the maximum retail price and for selling a bottle of Soda that had expired.
The social service officer was charged with accepting a 4 thousand rupee bribe from a Muslim national in order to provide concessions for a household that was damaged due to a cyclone in the Wellaweediya region.