Alleged fraud while importing sports equipment: CJ asked to try Mahindananda in new HC trial-at-bar

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By T. Farook Thajudeen   

Deputy Solicitor General A.Z.R. Navavi told Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dassanayake yesterday that the prosecution in the case against former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage for allegedly committing a fraud while importing sports equipment had requested Chief Justice Priyasath Dep to hear the trial before the newly-established High Court (HC) trial-at-bar. 

The Deputy Solicitor General, who made this assertion before the magistrate at the outset of the inquiry, said the prosecution had made the request to the Chief Justice and was awaiting a response to postpone the inquiry. 
The magistrate postponed the case for September 4. 

When the case was taken up for hearing, Mahindananda Aluthgamage was not present in court as he had attended Parliamentary sessions. 

The CIABOC had filed the case against Mr. Aluthgamage and another ministry official over an alleged fraud that is said to have taken place when importing equipment to sports clubs.