Further pre-trial conference into Rajitha’s Modera harbour bribery case in January
The case filed against Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Rajitha Senaratne and two others over allegedly causing a loss to the government when leasing out the Modara Fisheries harbour to a private company while he was acting as the Fisheries Minister in 2014 was yesterday fixed for further pre-trial-conference on January 12, 2023 by the Colombo High Court.
The case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Navaratne Marasinghe. When the case was taken up yesterday, the Bribery Commission appearing for the prosecution produced the amended indictment to Court. The case was previously scheduled to pre-trial-conference on November 30 and following the handing over the amendment indictment the case was fixed for further pre-trial-conference on January 12 by the Colombo High Court.
The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Director General filed indictments against former Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Ceylon Fisheries Harbour Corporation (CFHC) former Chairman Upali Liyanage and CFHC former Managing Director Neil Ravindra Munasinghe under section 70 of the Bribery Act on five charges.
The Bribery Commission alleged that the former Minister had unlawfully taken a decision to lease out the Modara Fisheries harbour to Sea Gulf UK Private Ltd at a lower price between August 1, 2014 and November 1, 2014, while he was serving as the Fisheries Minister.
The Bribery Commission alleged that by knowing this transaction would cause unlawful loss to the government, the former Minister had motivated the members of the CFHC director board to lease out the fisheries harbor to Sea Gulf UK Private Ltd.
The indictments had been filed under five counts under section 70 of the Bribery Act and section 113 and 102 of the Penal Code. The prosecution had named 17 individuals as witnesses.