Indictments read in open Court

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Indictments filed against former Chief Minister of the North Central Province and his Private Secretary, over a bribery case by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) was read out before Colombo High Court judge, Adithya Patabendige yesterday (21).

Former Chief Minister S.M. Ranjith Samarakoon has been indicted before the High Court for taking undue measures to grant benefits to his Private Secretary Shanthi Chandrasena from 2012 to 2014 and for flouting Provisions contained in Sections of the Bribery Act through their action.

After the indictments were read out, the two accused maintained that they were not guilty to the charges filed against them.

The main witness Nimal Wijethileke, a resident of Galenbindunuweva testified.

The Assistant Director of CIABOC, Asitha Anthony appeared on behalf of the prosecution.

Counsel Darshana Kuruppu represented the two accused. Further hearing was deferred to 14 December.

By Hansi Nanayakkara