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Misappropriation of Rs 124 m RADA public funds

Tiran Alles, three others discharged

 Former Parliamentarian Tiran Alles with his lawyers
Former Parliamentarian Tiran Alles with his lawyers

The Colombo High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi on Friday (July 10) discharged former Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) Chairman Tiran Alles and three others in the case filed against them for allegedly conspiring to misappropriate Rs.124 million of public funds belonging to RADA in 2005. Following a request by the Attorney-General, Dapppula de Livera, Colombo High Court Judge Pradeep Hettiarachchi ordered to release former RADA Chairman Tiran Alles, former North and Eastern Provinces LTTE Financial Head Emil Kanthan, former RADA Chief Operating Officer (COO) Saliya Wickremasuriya and Dr. Jayantha Dias Samarasinghe under powers vested in him under Section 194 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The High Court Judge also ordered the Immigration and Emigration Controller to lift the travel ban imposed on Tiran Alles and the other three accused and to release their passports now in court custody. The Colombo High Court also ordered to withdraw the open warrant to arrest Emil Kanthan, the second accused in the case. The Attorney-General had filed indictments against the four accused in connection with the controversial RADA fraud during the implementation of the Jayalanka Housing Project to construct 800 units in the Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts between December 1, 2005 and July 5, 2006.

Former North and Eastern Province LTTE Financial Head Emil Kanthan, the second accused in the case is absconding. The High Court had permitted the Attorney-General to proceed with the case in absentia of Emil Kanthan. The Attorney General had listed several witnesses, including former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, former Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera, former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Provincial Councillor Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe and several others as witnesses in the case.

 

 

 

 

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