MR summoned by PRECIFAC

Published : 8:49 am  September 23, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (302) reads | 

By Manopriya Gunasekera
Former president Mahinda Rajapkasa has been summoned  to present himself, today, before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate serious acts of fraud, corruption and abuse of power (PRECIFAC).

Commission sources revealed that thDM_20150923_A001-7e former president had been notified to be present at 9.00 am before the commission which is conducting its investigations at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo.

The sources said the former president had been summoned to give a statement regarding the loss sustained by the Independent Television Network due to the non payment for advertisements valued at several million rupees that had been placed by him — in his bid to be reelected at the presidential election of January 8.

A sum of Rs 62,639,600 had been paid for publicity advertisements put in by the former president that were to be telecast during the period November 24, 2014 to January 5, 2015, by the Independent Television Network.  However in addition to these ITN had telecast additional advertisements worth Rs 101,773,058. The latter amount had not been paid according to an audit report.

Rs 4,467,812 had been paid in advance for advertisements  of Maithripala Sirisena but only advertisements worth Rs 2,647,812 had been telecast. The excess had been refunded to Mr.Sirisena.