The Real Story: Former minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena and the Bribery Commission

The Real Story: Former minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena and the Bribery Commission

The Real Story: Former minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena and the Bribery Commission

Written by Tharushan Fernando

20 Feb, 2016 | 10:43 pm

Former Project Minister of Ports and Highways, Rohitha Abeygunawardena who hails from the Kalutara district, from the SLFP,  has been the subject of various complaints received by the Bribery Commission.

The Bribery Commission has received complaints on a number of occasions citing that Rohitha Abeygunawardena had acquired property worth Rs 41.2 million 2004 to 2006,  while he was a minister.

When summoned by the Bribery Commission, he requests for more time to provide reasons. On January 8, the Bribery Commissions filed a case against Rohitha Abeygunawardena at the Colombo High Court.

In regard to the allegations and the case against the former minister, Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, Ranjan Ramanayake stated that minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena has not given “a medical” this time as an excuse mentioning that he was bit by a serpent. And he is released on bail until the case is to be taken up for hearing in the month of May.

The deputy minster further added that the case on the Bribery Commission was not filed by the government of good governance but by the government led by Mahinda Rajapksa. And if the minster says that the investigations are carried out to take revenge, his leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa is the one who is seeking revenge.

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