Sil redi case: Lalith, Anusha sentenced to RI and fined Convicts to appeal against judgment
Posted on September 7th, 2017

By Chitra Weerarathne Courtesy The Island

Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga yesterday convicted Anusha Pelpita, former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) and the second accused Lalith Weeratunga, former Presidential Secretary and former Chairman of TRC, of misuse of state funds and aiding and abetting the same in spending Rs. 600 million on the distribution of sil redi in the run-up to the presidential election on January 8, 2015.

They were each sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment for all the charges with a fine of Rs. 2 million. They were also ordered to pay the TRC Rs. 50 million each.

In default of the fine the penalty will be one year rigorous imprisonment. In default of the compensation the penalty will be two years rigorous imprisonment.

The fine and compensation are to be paid on schedule.

The High Court Judge, delivering the judgement, said there had been a political motivation in the commission of the offence and it was to support their appointing authority.

President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa, who appeared for the convicts, requested the High Court Judge to take into consideration, in imposing the penalty, the health condition of the convicts and also the fact that they had no previous convictions. They had held public office for long years without any wrongdoing. The Counsel also stressed that a CID investigation officer in his evidence at the trial had said that the Rs. 600 million had not been not used for the personal benefit of the accused.

Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige appeared for the Attorney General.

Following the delivery of the judgement the counsel for the convicts told the court that the convicts would shortly file an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the judgment and the penalty imposed.

Lalith Weeratunga, who the Secretary to the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the time of the commission of the offence.

4 Responses to “Sil redi case: Lalith, Anusha sentenced to RI and fined Convicts to appeal against judgment”

  1. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    It is not surprising to see these things when traitor catholic-run UNPatriotic party ruling Sri lanka. Grade 8 gama
    rala the maru sira has no say while the anti Buddhist, anti Sinhalese, anti Sri Lankan traitor catholic run UNPatriotic party on the rampage to deliver every blow to decimate Buddhism from Sri Lanka. Of course, giving sil redi is a major crime in their eyes! It can promote Buddhism and it can not be allowed under any circumstances! Buddhist Sri Lanka? On paper of course! These traitors are trying to destroy the only true religion, Buddhism, in the world.
    Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution destroyed the creator god myth. But people still follow this never seen
    only heard of god. These god based religions don’t regard sins as sins, since lying, thieving, killing etc. etc.
    are accepted as sins by all the honest people! If those aren’t sins, then they are religions of conveniences or what?
    You do the maths! Only honest guys please.

    Today Sri Lanka is ruled by the biggest traitor ever die hard catholic token Buddhist Baygal Karaya, Mega Thief
    Batalande Wadakaya Pol Pot R@nil WickramaSinhalakiller. Being the champion of the C brigade he gets away
    with murder every time. Serial killer of Sinhalese, Mega Thief (Rs 5585 billion with his catholic buddy maha
    horandran still commissions only. Files going to disappear before long, Mega Thief cleared just like the Batalande
    Commission! Simply put, the traitor cancer is above the law in Sinhala modayas’ paradise! So the C brigade knows this is the best time to deliver the killer blow!

    During jaathihdhrohee vemins party aka jvp insurgency, Batalande Wadakaya and his catholic police top brass
    got rid of 60,000+ Sinhalese while catholic tigers of tamil drealam were encouraged to carve out a separate
    country for them! Even gave half the country to his catholic buddy hitler mala paharan. Even their defence sec.
    tinass fdo went to see his catholic buddy ‘foreign minister’ tamilsellan with apples and grapes. Under traitor catholic
    run UNPatriotic party Buddhist jvpers burnt in tyres. 60,000+ gone. A Sinhalese cull!

    Contrast this with the catholic tigers of tamil drealam. They were given half the
    country by traitor cancer Batalande Wadakaya Pol Pot R@nil WickramaSinhalakiller. He even sent millennium
    city intelligent officers to the catholic tigers of tamil drealam bullet to expedite the cause. Meanwhile the traitor
    cancer UNPatriotic party kept sacrificing, mainly Sinhalese, army, navy, air force, police+ civilians saying the
    terrorists were too strong. Got rid of 100,000+ Sinhalese! Another Sinhalese cull! Catholic tigers killed pilgrims at
    Sri Maha Bodhi and Sri Dalada Maligawa, Aranthalawa Bikku massacre, still no action. Wonder why? Any clues
    Sinhala modayas?

    Thanks to MR Sri Lanka is still in one piece. Now catholic west wants to punish him for stopping
    the creation of a catholic country by using its cat’s paw UNHCR. The traitor cancer UNPatriotics want to break
    it up to please the catholic west before the end of this parilament. Crafty cancer Batalande Wadakaya is hell bent on
    getting the job done. Meanwhile a lot of traitor Sinhala modayas low lives still support this anti Buddhist, anti
    Sinhalese, anti Sri Lanka catholic run UNPatriotic party! Grade 8 graduate traitor maru sira you are a curse on
    Sri Lanka, Sinhalese race and Buddhism to turn a blind eye while destruction of Buddhism, Sinhalese race and
    Sri Lanka going at break neck speed. Beg on the street is more noble than being a puppet on this YAMA PAALANYA!
    YOU GOING TO BE NOTED AS THE WORST EVER SINHALESE BORN! There is only one worst than you. That’s
    Batalande Wadakaya. But you still will be the record holder since Wadakaya (a portugues!) isn’t Sinhalese.

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

  3. Kumari Says:

    Sil Redi were not stolen by Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Pelpita. They were distributed to the general public. How are they victims going to pay the penalties?

    As per Gammanpila, the Sil Redi project was an approved project from the President’s fund. It was long before elections. As the President’s fund did not have enough money at the time, they decided to take a loan (to be repaid) from the TRC. I don’t understand the intent to rob in this case.

    This is just like how MP Johnston Fernando was taken in to custody. He approved the goods to be released from CWE for the flood victims and before he could close the accounts they put him in jail. The paper trail was available with the accountants.

    Ranil must be getting immence satisfaction / pleasure watching these innocent victims go through mental and physical pain and suffering. Ranil apparently visited the Batalanda terror cells everynight to watch the agony of the dying youth.

    May our country be rid of this man with a twisted brain with abnormal desires soon.

  4. Nimal Says:

    It seems all political parties have cheer leaders to save the convicted criminals.They may even spend their jail time in a hospital.Hope the justice will catch up with the bond scam and keep an eye on all the other ‘highway robberies’.We the taxpayers are fed up with the corruption that is there from the street level to the top people running the country.

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