June 10, Colombo: The Court of Appeal yesterday fixed July 23rd to hear the appeal filed by the Former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita challenging their sentence by a lower court in the ‘Sil Redi’ case.
The Court of Appeal bench also extended the order given earlier lifting the travel ban imposed on Lalith Weeratunga allowing him to retain the passport until the next court date.
The bench comprised Justices Kumudini Wickramasinghe and Devika Karunaratne.
Lawyers of both parties agreed to fix the hearing of the appeal for July 23.
The Colombo High Court in 2017 September sentenced Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita to three years of rigorous imprisonment each after they were found guilty of misappropriating Rs.650 million of TRC funds and using it to distribute ‘Sil Redi’ for the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 presidential election campaign.
Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita in their petition point out that the manner in which the High Court imposed the sentence against them is unlawful and have asked the Court of Appeal to remove the punishment and acquit them of all charges.
They were granted bail pending the appeal against the verdict.