The Sunday Leader

AG To Act On Monies Owed By Rajapaksa Regime

by Nirmala Kannangara

The loss incurred by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) for providing free air rides to the former First Family in SLAF commercial flights, which amounts to several millions of tax-payers’ money, is yet to be probed. Although it is learnt that the former government owes over Rs. 31 million to the  SLAF, neither the Ministry of Defence nor any law enforcement authorities have taken steps to recover this money over the past 10 months since the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime.

These amounts were only for the air travel of MP Namal Rajapaksa, former Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa, former Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premjayantha, former Chief Minister North Western Province Dayasiri Jayasekera, former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, 2015 Presidential candidate S. Manamendra who extended his support to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, and former Scientific Affairs Minister Tissa Witharana.

“The Air Force has provided the aircraft on credit facility and is going to lose the revenue in the event the outstanding bills are not settled. Hambantota District MP Namal Rajapaksa had used air force commercial flights on 25 occasions from December 1, 2014 up to January 8, 2015 which cost the tax payer a shocking Rs.15.08 million. Basil had travelled in Air Force passenger aircraft on seven occasions on pending payments to the amount of Rs.4.81 million,” sources said. Wimal Weerawansa’s air travels had cost the SLAF Rs. 5.98 million, and Dayasiri Jayasekera  amounting to Rs 2.6 million. Shiranthi Rajapaksa had flown to Maharagama from Ratmalana which is not even a distance of 10 kilo metres on December 12, 2014 in MI 17 aircraft which had cost the country Rs. 5.2 lakh,” SLAF sources said.

When questioned on whose direction the SLAF flights were given to the former First Family and their supporters on credit and whether the SLAF had recovered the money, Air Force Media Spokesperson Wing Commander Gihan Seneviratne said instructions were given by the Defence Ministry.

However, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi confirmed to The Sunday Leader that it was the Defence Secretary who had given the orders, and it was then Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who had to take the responsibility.  When asked what action had been taken against those who were responsible for this loss and whether the money would be recovered, the Defence Secretary said he is not aware of the investigation process but added that it is up to the Attorney General to decide what action would be taken against those guilty.



5 Comments for “AG To Act On Monies Owed By Rajapaksa Regime”

  1. Lima


  2. Dr M.L.Najimudeen

    The Attorney General will say that there is no case against them. We have heard this many times in the past

  3. punchinilame

    The bite on the AGs Dept. is too much to take on past corruption, which the MS-
    RW combination wish to leave things to take its own course, for certain political
    understanding? A brief summary of 22 items below will indicate the gravity:-

    1. Case No. 474/2015 at Fort M.C. dealing with Hedging Fund and involving A.N.Cabraal, PB Jayasuendra, A de Mel, L.Karunaratne (Rs.200-700 Million ) 2. Case No. 24327/2015 at Chief M.C.(3) In the matter of Lanka Hospital shares and connected to G. Rajapakse, Roshini ,Cabraal, N.Godahewa, D.Jayaweera, M. Medihewa, W.Amunugamuwa, D.P.Y. Wijesinghe. (Rs. 600 million) 3. B26907/3/15 at Colombo M.C re Housing deals connected with W.Weerasena,B.K.J.K.Perera. 4. B/40/2015 at Kaduwella M.C. re Land purchases, involving Mrs. W.Weerasena, C.S.Ranasinhe. 5. B323/15 in Tangalle M.C. about Carlton Pre-school construction involving State Eng. Corporation Staff (Rs. 35 million) 6. 8674/15 in Pugoda M.C. re Development works, involving B.Rajapakse, N. Thirukumar 7. B22467/1/15 at Colombo Chief M.C. re Money Laundering by M. Aluthgamage (Rs. 3 – 27 million) 8. B22468/1/15 in Colombo Chief M.C. on Wealth acquired of Dr.P.B. Wickrema. 9. B25389/1/15 at Colombo C.M.Court re Money Laundering by G.Senarath. 10. B25166/3/15 at Colombo Ch M.C. Teleshan TV Network with A.Pilapita S.Wickremasinghe, and Sil Reddi with L.Weeratunga and Ven.V.Somananda Thero. 11. B9825/15 at Kaduwela M.C. re CSN Channel involving ITN Directorate & Staff. 12. B35/15 at Kaduwela M.C. re ownership of Marriot Hotel in Dubai with N.Lokuwitharne and M.Rajapakse ( Rs. 48 to 190 million) 13. B27453/1/15 at Hultsdorf M.C. about Lanka Logistics Arms importing connected to G.Rajapakse, P.B.Jayasundera, Mohan Peiris, J.Wickremasinghe. 14. B/663/15 at Fort M.C. on Bank of Ceylon, Seychelles by M. Rajapakse & family 15. Greek Bonds purchase with names of Cabraal & Rajapakse in Petition Colombo M.C of 15.8.15 involving Rs. 1257 million 16. Sajin Vass Gunewardena in abuse of Public property, at Fort Magistrate Court, remanded since May, 2015. Also at Bribery Com. for questionable Assets. 17. Petition accepted in Supreme Court on 6.8.15 re Vehicle Permits abuse 18. Case No. 50/10 at High Courts, Kandy: Captain Wickremasinghe`s activity in Giritale Army Camp re Torture Chambers – under G. Rajapakse`s directions? 19. On Bail – Rohita Bogollagama 20. B/C Case – BC/2370/2011/B1 – 1 Billion heist: Pradeep Gunawardana (C`man State Trading Corporation) 21. B 586/15 in the Fort Magistrate’s Court on June 5, 2015 re Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation & SMB payments. 22. etc etc

  4. srilanka last regime did not take responsibility from his work, mr Rajapaska is responsibility for the money spent on .air force for the election purpose. mr Rajapaska family is the responsibility. the most heartless family and thuggry they have lot of case against them why attorney general is doing? last ten month mr srisena came to power, but nothing has happened. the time has come to file cases against them .it promised in the election .some cabinet ministers are supporting mr Rajapaska helped out of the Rajapaska minister of justice. mr marapani. the police in charge, mr Ranil prime minister srilanka government cheating the voters.,

  5. Karthik

    Provide them with a WHITE van ride which they are familiar.

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