Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* 'Former President accepting he ordered distribution of 'Sil' cloth material violates election law' - MP
Tue, Sep 12, 2017, 10:47 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 12, Colombo: Former President and current Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa has accepted that he seriously violated election laws during the period leading up to the 2015 Presidential Election, United National Party Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara says.

Speaking to media yesterday former President Rajapaksa admitted that he issued an order to distribute 'sil' cloth just before the 2015 presidential election.

MP Rajapaksa, speaking to reporters after visiting his former Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita in the Welikada Prison, said the two officials were punished for following his order as the executive president.

Former President's Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and the former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Palpita were found guilty of misappropriating Rs. 650 million of state funds for the reelection campaign of former president Rajapaksa. They were each sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo High Court.

MP Rajapaksa said distribution of Sil Cloth was not an offense and that it was a punishment for distributing it during the election season.

Speaking to NewsRadio today, MP Nalin Bandara said the former President Rajapaksa obstructed the independence of the election. He said Rajapaksa received 5.8 million votes in the 2015 Presidential Election through the violation of election laws.

Meanwhile the General Secretary of National Bikkhu Front Wakamulle Uditha thera said that there is no connection between the protection of Buddhism and distributing sil cloths misusing public funds.

Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday the Thera said these comments are only for the purpose of attempts to move away from the legal structure. The Thera pointed out that the law should equally be enforced on all responsible for misdeeds of previous government as well as the present.


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Sri Lanka Prime Minister says will pay off all debts during this government's time
-- [3 hours ago]
Gintota under control, Law & Order Minister warns elements inciting communal violence
-- [4 hours ago]
Selyn launches 'Sthri by Selyn' - an ethical fashion collective for women by women
-- [6 hours ago]
Finnish Firm in Sri Lanka to set up to project to produce energy from sea waves
-- [7 hours ago]
Police curfew imposed in parts of Galle to control tense situation
Sri Lanka Army chief ordered to appear in court over disappearances
Sri Lanka accepts 177 recommendations of third UPR, mindful of implementation of some
Court rejects former Defense Secretary's objections on Avant Garde case
Notice calling nominations for LG polls to be issued on Nov 27
Sri Lanka national security think tank holds panel discussion on post-war role of armed forces

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.