Three Bribery Cases Filed Against CP Chief Minister
By Nirmala Kannangara
The Commission to Investigate Bribery and Corruption has filed three cases against Sarath Ekanayake, Chief Minister of the Central Province and two others in the Chief Magistrates Court Colombo for pressurizing a principal to admit nine students to grade 1 in 2008.
Chief Minister Ekanayake, Education Director Central Province Herath Mudiyanselage Wijesiri Herath and President’s Coordinating Director Hema Madiwela have been cited as respondents in the cases.
According to I.P. Chandrapala of the Commission to Investigate Bribery and Corruption, the Chief Minister and the other two respondents had pressurized the principal of Heramitigala Sri Dheerananda Vidyalaya, Pilimathalawa, Chandrakanthi Karunanayake between February 29, and August 17 2008 to admit nine students to the year one class.
“Yasanthi Amanda Herath, Kavishka Chaturanga Bandara, Janith Kavinda Samaranayake, Gayan Kumara Jayaratne, Achini Nadeesha Illangaratne, Dasun Madushanka Bandara Illukpitiya, Heshan Gunasekera, Kavindya Nadeeshani Wickremesinghe and Liyanage Nethmi Anuththara Liyanage have been admitted to Dheerananda Vidyalaya by using the public office of the three respondents,” said Chandrapala.
The case has been taken up last Tuesday in the Chief Magistrates Court, and the three respondents were asked to be present in court at the next hearing date on January 22, 2013.
“The three cases have been filed under the provisions of Section 70 E of the Bribery Act (amended) for misusing public office of the three respondents to admit nine children to the Year One class in 2008,” he said.
Although several messages were left with the Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake’s Secretary seeking a comment, Ekanayake did not return our call. All attempts to contact principal Karunanayake for a comment failed and he did not respond to the text messages sent.