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* Minister Keheliya and two others are banned from traveling abroad
Tue, Nov 22, 2022, 12:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 22, Colombo: The Colombo High Court today served indictments on the current Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella and two others, who are accused of corruption in connection with GI Pipes Case filed by Bribery Commission.

The Bribery Commission had filed indictments in Colombo High Court against Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and two others for allegedly causing an unlawful loses to the government after purchasing GI pipes using Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation’s (SLRC) funds during the 2015-Presidential Election while Minister Rambukwella was serving as the Media Minister.

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, former chairman of the SLRC corporation Wimal Rubasinghe and the former director general Chandrapala Liyanage were handed over the indictment papers before the Colombo High Court today.

After handing over the charge sheets, the Colombo High Court Judge Navaratne Marasinghe also issued a foreign travel ban to the Immigration and Emigration Controller, preventing the three defendants, including Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, from traveling abroad until the case is over.

After that, the judge ordered that each of the defendants be released on cash bail of 20,000 rupees and two personal sureties of 5 lakh rupees each and that they should hand over their passports to the court.

However, the judge mentioned that if the accused minister wants to go abroad for official duty, he is ready to consider it if the minister makes a request from the court. The case was ordered to be convened for the pre-trial hearing on February 1st.


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