Lalith Weeratunga, the secretary to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and former Telecom Regulatory Commission Chairman Anusha Pelpita, were today found guilty in the ‘sil redi’ case.
They were both sentenced to three years in jail by the Colombo High Court, and ordered to pay Rs. 2 million each as a fine and Rs. 50 million each as compensation.
They were accused of misappropriating Rs. 620 million of Government funds to distribute ‘sil redi’, cloth used by Buddhist devotees, to voters during the 2015 Presidential elections.
Transparency International – Sri Lanka (TISL) said that the Colombo High Court verdict on the silredi trial is a major victory in the anti-corruption fight and a significant achievement for TISL and partner election observers.
TISL noted that holding public servants to account is an encouraging intermediary step but holding politicians also to account for corruption must be the goal. (Colombo Gazette)