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‘Sil Redi’ case

Court permits Lalith Weeratunga to go abroad

The Court of Appeal yesterday temporarily lifted the travel ban imposed against former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge, enabling him to travel abroad until March 13.

Filing a motion before the Court of Appeal, defence counsel Kanchana Ratwatte informed that his client is expecting to travel India along with President.

He sought an order to temporarily lift his client’s travel ban. Taking into consideration the facts, the Court of Appeal Judges Deepali Wijesundera and Ruwan Fernando issued an order directing the registrar of the Colombo High Court that Lalith Weeratunga’s passport be released until March 13 next year.

Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige appearing for the Attorney General did not raise objections for the request.

On September 7, 2017, Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita were found guilty of misappropriating Rs. 600 million of funds belonging to TRC over Controversial Sil Redi (fabrics used by devotees to observe sill) distribution case.

They were sentenced to three-year-rigorous imprisonment by Colombo High Court.

However, they had filed appeal petitions in the Court of Appeal challenging the judgment of Colombo High Court. They are currently out on bail. 

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