p> Nov 26, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today has given a five-year suspended sentence to the former Chairman of the National Savings Bank (NSB), Pradeep Kariyawasam, over the corruption charges filed by the Bribery Commission.
The Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, in addition to the suspended prison sentence, also fined Pradeep Kariyawasam Rs.300,000.
The Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption filed legal action at the Colombo Magistrate Court against Kariyawasam for alleged corruption in a transaction where the NSB purchased The Finance Company (TFC) shares at an inflated price in April 2012.
The charges against Kariyawasam involve acquiring over 7.86 million shares of The Finance Company for over Rs 391 million when he was the Chairman of NSB. The NSB through four separate transactions has purchased 13.02 percent stake of The Finance Company at Rs. 49.74 a share when the market price was around Rs.30-31 a share.
The transaction was later cancelled by the government and the controversy resulted in the resignation of the NSB Chairman and several board members of NSB.
Kariyawasam was charged with four counts of corruption under the Section 7 of the Bribery Act for knowingly involving in a procedure that could cause losses to the government.
Pradeep Kariyawasam is the husband of former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, who was impeached by the former Mahinda Rajapaksa government. The allegation against Kariyawasam was also included in the impeachment motion brought against Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.