Presidential Commission to summon Basil Rajapaksa over Divi Neguma funds

Presidential Commission to summon Basil Rajapaksa over Divi Neguma funds

Presidential Commission to summon Basil Rajapaksa over Divi Neguma funds

Written by Tharushan Fernando

13 Dec, 2015 | 10:09 pm

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa is to be summoned before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption.

Secretary of the Presidential commission of inquiry, Lacille De Silva says that an investigation has been launched into an incident where the funds of the Divi Neguma Department have been allegedly used for the domestic air travel expenses of the former minister Basil Rajapaksa.

The secretary added that the initial investigations revealed that a sum of Rs.155.6 million  was given to the Sri Lanka Air Force for Basil Rajapaksa’s air travel expenses.

De Silva noted that a former accountant of the Ministry of Economic Development and several officials of the Sri Lanka Air force were questioned and further investigations will be carried out with regard to this issue.

Four individuals including Basil Rajapaksa were arrested under the Public Property Act for allegedly mis-using funds of the Divi Neguma Department on  April 22, following an investigation carried out by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division.

The quartet, including Basil Rajapaksa were remanded after they were produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court and were later released on bail, which was set at Rs.100,000   each and four sureties of one million rupees each, on June 15.

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