Questioning continues amid financial irregularity allegations against MP Wimal Weerawansa

Questioning continues amid financial irregularity allegations against MP Wimal Weerawansa

Questioning continues amid financial irregularity allegations against MP Wimal Weerawansa

Written by Tharushan Fernando

16 Jan, 2016 | 9:58 pm

United People’s Freedom Alliance MP Wimal Weerawansa, also former minister of construction, engineering services, housing and common amenities, was recently brought in for questioning and recording of statements as various allegations were levelled at him.

On the May 17, 2015, Ocean View Development Company Private Limited claimed that a financial irregularity had occurred via the company during the tenure of Wimal Weerawansa when he served as the Minister of Housing.

The company alleges that Rs. 14 million rupees had been misappropriated for the printing of diaries and calendars, without following an acceptable institutional procedure. It also alleges that a sum of Rs. 71 million had been misappropriated in selling five luxury houses constructed by the company in Mattegoda and Kahatuduwa. The company claims that those houses had been given to close relatives of the former minister at a very low estimation.

On Oct. 22, 2015, following the appointment of the new government, residents of these houses had provided the company with affidavits stating that they are unable to pay rent in terms of the real estimation of the value of these houses. The company further alleged that annual wages amounting to more than Rs. 6 million were paid to 12 people recruited to the company and that they were in fact carrying out Weerawansa’s political activities on a full-time basis.

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