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* State minister Piyankara Jayaratne acquitted of bribery case
Tue, Dec 3, 2019, 11:40 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 03, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today acquitted the former Minister of Civil Aviation and current State Minister of indigenous Medicine Priyankara Jayaratne after the Bribery Commission withdrew its case against him.

Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Tillekeratne issued the order.

The Bribery Commission has alleged that On May 21, 2014, Piyankara Jayaratne when he was serving as the Minister of Civil Aviation has made the CEO of SriLankan Caterers to pay Rs. 330,000 of the company's money to a company called Gambada Caterers in Marawila for food served at a private party

The Bribery Commission had filed a case against him for allegedly committing an offense under the Bribery Act.

When the case was taken up before the Colombo High Court today, the lawyer for the Bribery Commission stated that the case had been filed without the written consent of the three Commissioners of the Bribery Commission and therefore sought permission to withdraw the case.

The High Court Judge accepted the plea and allowed the Bribery Commission to withdraw the indictment.


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