Judgment on Divi Neguma case on 30 November
By Hansi Nanayakkara
The case filed against four accused including the former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa for allegedly misappropriating Rs 2,991 million of funds belonging to the ‘Divi Neguma’ Department while distributing roofing sheets and other housing materials among ‘Divi Neguma’ beneficiaries during the Presidential Election in 2015 was yesterday (25) fixed for judgment on 30 November by the Colombo High Court.
The case was taken up before Judge R. Gurusinghe.
On a previous occasion, Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige informed Court that the prosecution had concluded the hearing of all the prosecution witnesses in the case. Mudalige further said that the prosecution had heard the evidence of nine witnesses and that all documents pertaining to the indictment had been submitted to Court and that the case was concluded by the prosecution.
President’s Counsels appearing for Rajapaksa sought from Court to acquit the accused from the case without recording statements from them under Section 200 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Mudalige said the position of the prosecution on the request made by the defence will be informed to Court on the next trial date. When the case was taken up yesterday, Mudalige handed over written submissions of the prosecution to Court regarding the matter.
After considering the circumstances, the Judge fixed the case for judgment on 30 November.
The AG had filed indictments against four accused, including Rajapaksa for allegedly misappropriating Rs 2,991 million of funds belonging to the ‘Divi Neguma’ Department while distributing roofing sheets among ‘Divi Neguma’ beneficiaries during the 2015 Presidential Election. The AG had filed indictments against Rajapaksa, the former Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development Dr. Nihal Jayasinghe, the former Director General of the ‘Divi Neguma’ Department Kithsiri Ranawaka and the former Deputy Director General of the Divi Neguma Department Bandula Tilllekasiri in the Court for allegedly distributing roofing sheets and other materials costing Rs 2,991 million during the January 2015 Presidential Poll. The AG had initiated legal proceedings against four accused under the Penal Code and Offences against Public Property Act for misappropriating a sum of Rs 2,991 million without Parliamentary approval.