Sept 16, Colombo: Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been summoned to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources, and Privileges (PRECIFAC) on Wednesday.
Secretary to the Commission Lacille de Silva said that Weeratunga has been summoned to record a statement relating to the investigation into alleged malpractices that had taken place at state-owned Independent Television Network (ITN) during the last Presidential election time.
Complaints have been lodged at the Commission that the previous government had not paid the dues of Rs.115 million to the ITN for election propaganda of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka police has also questioned Weeratunga, who was the Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission during the previous government, on charges of using Rs. 620 million of TRC money for election campaigns of former president.
Meanwhile, former Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and former Treasury Secretary P. B. Jayasundera have also been summoned by the Commission.