Four respondents named in Rakna Lanka case?

Four respondents named in Rakna Lanka case?

November 26, 2015   01:31 pm

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Two former Commanders of the Sri Lanka Navy, a former Defence Ministry Additional Secretary and the Chairman of Avant-Garde Security Services have been named as respondents in the case filed over alleged financial fraud at Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd, according to sources.

The presidential commission of inquiry to investigate large scale corruption, fraud and abuse of power named former Navy Chiefs, Admiral (Retd) Jayanath Colombage and Admiral Jayantha Perera, former Additional Secretary of the Defence Ministry Sujatha Jayaratne and Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi as respondents this morning.

However, attorneys representing Mr Senadhipathi raised preliminary objections against the naming of their client as a respondent in the case. 

An attorney for the Avant-Garde company said they have been informed to submit the objection in writing to the commission.

However, the Secretary of the commission of inquiry (CoI) Lesil de Silva said that investigations into allegations of financial fraud at Rakna Lanka are still ongoing and that no one has been named as respondents. 

Meanwhile former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was summoned by the commission this morning to record a statement in connection with the investigation. 

 Admiral (Retd) Jayanath Colombage, speaking to reporters, said that he has been notified to appear before the commission again on December 03. 

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