Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunge who heard the Sil Redi case, found Former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former director general of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC), Anusha Palpita guilty and sentenced them to three years rigorous imprisonment.
They were found guilty to the charge of misappropriating Rs.600 million belonging to the TRC and using it to distribute ‘Sil Redi’ during the 2015 presidential election campaign. Court also imposed a fine of Rs.2 million on each of the convicts and ordered to pay Rs.50 million to the TRC as compensation.
The Attorney General indicted Weeratunga and Palpita on three counts of committing criminal misappropriation of TRC funds amounting to Rs.600 million to distribute ‘Sil Redi’ contravening the Telecommunication Act, No. 25 of 1991 during October 30, 2014 to January 5, 2015.
The prosecution alleged that the funds referred to had been remitted to a bank account maintained by the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa's secretary Weeratunga.
The accused made dock statements denying the allegations made against them and told the Court that they were innocent.
Former Election Commissioner Mahin da Deshapriya, former President’s coordinating Secretary (Religious Affairs) Ven. Vatinapaha Somananda Thera were among the persons who had been named as the witnesses.
Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige appeared for the prosecution. President’s Counsel Kalinga Indatissa with counsel Kanchana Rathwatte and Niroshan Siriwardena appeared for the accused.