Wimal Weerawansa transferred to Welikada Prison Hospital

Wimal Weerawansa transferred to Welikada Prison Hospital

By Tharushan Fernando

11 Jan, 2017 | 8:02 pm

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa who was placed under remand custody yesterday, is being held at Ward-E of the Welikada Prison.

Weerawansa was remanded for the alleged misuse of around 40 state owned vehicles during his tenure as Minister of Construction, Engineering Service, Housing and Common Amenities.

UPFA Parliamentarian,Weerakumara Dissanayake charged that Arjuna Mahendran has given written evidence to COPE that it was done under the directive of the Prime Minister and if Wimal Weerawansa is involved in the allegations brought against him, then Ranil Wickremesinghe is also involved with that allegation.

wimal1“You better put on a jumper suit and be prepared to be remanded the day this allegation is taken up. You will definitely be remanded for the allegations on the bond issue. The evidence has already proven this”, he said

Several members of the Joint Opposition arrived at the Welikada Prison today to visit Wimal Weerawansa.

Questions on the arrest of MP Wimal Weerawansa were raised at the cabinet media briefing today.

Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ajith P. Perera charged that the loss has been calculated at 91.6 million 35 thousand 591 rupees and it is important to know who obtained these vehicles.

wimal_1“Among these 40 persons are , Wimal Weerawansa’s nephew Ridma Vimukthi Weerawansa , his other nephew Lalith Pushpakumara , His brother-in-law Ananda Asoka Kumara , His other brother in Law Ananda Priyadarshana , his sister Nilani Weerawansa Weerasinghe”,alleged the Deputy Minister

He further revealed that vehicles were given to persons who have no connection to official activities.

The deputy minister also said that police report notes that these issues did not take place under the current UNP Member who served as Chairman of the State Engineering Corporation

Minister (Dr.) Rajitha Senaratne added that Ashu Marasinghe was not associated with such malpractices

“Ashu Marasinghe was the first appointment made after I left. He was appointed in 2010 and he resigned in 2011. He made his requests to me and then resigned. He’s a former Member of the JVP and is not associated with such malpractices “,  said the Minister Senaratne

joint-opp_wimaleSeveral members of the Joint Opposition arrived at the Welikada Prison today to visit Wimal Weerawansa.