Sil Redi distribution Legal action can be taken against MR – Rajitha

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By 2017-09-14

Anyone interested can take former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Court regarding the Sil Redi case as he has openly declared that former Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunge and former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita, were arrested for carrying out his orders Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday.

"Rajapaksa has waited all this time to say this. He could have gone to Court, when the Sil redi case was being heard and said that it was his fault. But he didn't, this is the extent of his 'bravery'," he said.

Senaratne quoted a number of directives issued by the Commissioner of Elections, during the 2014 Uva Provincial Council Election and the 2015 Presidential Election, regarding the distribution of Sil redi. In September 2014 the Commissioner had written to the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) stating that he had received information that the UPFA candidates for the Uva Provincial Council Election were distributing Sil redi, along with election propaganda material.

"In the letter, the Commissioner said that this was a violation of election laws and if someone went to Court over the matter, he would be compelled to support the allegations and provide all the evidence he had. The Commissioner also warned that this was a grave violation that can easily lead to a councillor being stripped of his position. The Commissioner sent a series of letters to the UPFA in January 2015 about the Sil redi distribution to which Weeratunge and Palpita were found guilty of, stating that it is a blatant election law violation. So this is an indefensible act," he said.

Senaratne added that this is similar to the incident where former president Chandrika Bandaranaike was taken to Court over the Waters' Edge case. (RK)



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