Johnston, two others served indictments

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Indictments were served on MP Johnston Fernando and two others before Colombo High Court Judge Adithya Patabendige. The trio has been charged with causing losses to the State by involving the employees of Co-operative and Internal Trade Ministry in political activities.

Former Lanka SATHOSA Chairman Eraj Fernando, former Working Director of Lanka SATHOSA Kaja Mohideen Mohammad Shakir were the other accused.

The Court released the suspects on personal bail of Rs 50,000 each and sureties of one million rupees each. 

The case was filed against the accused in 2010 by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), claiming that the accused had caused a loss of Rs 40 million to the State by employing 153 workers of Lanka SATHOSA for political work from 2010 -2014.

The next hearing of the case was fixed to 21 October.

BY Hansi Nanayakkara