Lalith, Anusha given 3.5 years imprisonment, 54 million fine (update)

The Attorney General filed indictments against former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge and former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita, in connection with a criminal misappropriation of Rs.600 million belonging to the TRC funds during the 2015-Presidential Election
campaign and they were found guilty by the Colombo High Court today.

Accordingly, for the first charge they were ordered 1 ½ years’ imprisonment and Rs. 2 million fine.
For the second charge too they were ordered 1 ½ years’ imprisonment and Rs. 2 million fine while for the third charge, they were given six months imprisonment and Rs. 50 million fine to be paid to the TRC.

This case was filed on charges that funds of the TRC was utilised in a manner that would favour a sole candidate at the presidential election.
The defendants' party claimed that although it was intended to obtain the funds from the Presidents fund due to the lack of funds the money was obtained from the TRC.

However, the judge ruled that a proper procedure was not followed in this incident.
He pointed out that it was unjust to utilise the funds of the TRC to provide such 'Sil' cloths in order to influence the voters.