Further hearing on 24 June

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Colombo Additional Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela on Friday (10) fixed further hearing of the case against former Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama, to 24 June.

Welgama has been charged, before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court, with causing a loss of Rs 3.3 million to the State, via the creation of the post of Deputy Chairman of the SLTB and appointing one of his accomplices to the said position, while functioning as the then Minister of Transport. The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) informed Magistrate Kekunawela that as the defence has raised initial objections over the inability to maintain the case, it should be convened before Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amerasinghe. Accordingly, further hearing of the trial was deferred to the said date.

By Hansi Nanayakkara