Two remanded over bribery

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Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amarasinghe yesterday (4) remanded, till 11 July, the Chief Clerk of the Chenkalady, Eravurpattu PS and a Coordinating Secretary of a former State Minister, who have been charged with soliciting a bribe of Rs. 1.5 million.

The two suspects had sought the bribe in order to sell a few plots of land, coming under the purview of the said PS, at a cheaper price.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) told Chief Magistrate Amerasinghe, that the two suspects had been nabbed by their sleuths on 21 June, following a complaint lodged with the Commission.

The Bribery Commission officers informed the Court, that the two suspects had initially demanded a sum of two million rupees, but had later reduced it to Rs 1.5 million, at which point they had been arrested within the premises of the Ibrahim Hotel at Batticaloa.

By Hansi Nanayakkara