Arrest warrant on Power and Energy Ministry Secretary

Published : 9:15 am  March 23, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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By T. Farook Thajudeen   
Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of Power and Energy Ministry’s Secretary B.N.S. Batagoda for not appearing in Court to give evidence in a bribery case against Former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena.   ghkghk

Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara issued this warrant for the arrest of Mr. Batagoda after observing that the witness was not present in Court to give evidence on behalf of the prosecution in the case filed by the Bribery Commission against Mr. Gunawardena.   
The witness Batagoda was summoned to appear before Court yesterday. However, the witness without appearing before court in person had sent his representative to give evidence in the case. The Magistrate refusing the appearance of the representative said a witness when summoned to appear in court should appear before court in person to give evidence and no representative should appear in court on behalf of the summoned witness.  The Commission had filed charges against Mr. Gunawardena in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court under Section 9 of the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Law No. 1 of 1975 for not declaring his assets and liabilities for the years 2006 and 2007 while serving as the Chairman of the Development Lotteries Board. The case was postponed for July 6.