Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment

Former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Palpita have been found guilty by the Colombo High Court in the ‘Sil Cloth’ case.

Palpita and Weeratunga were charged in a case filed alleging that the TRC had spent Rs.600 million to distribute Sil Cloth to the people as part of the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign in 2015.

Weeratunga had served as the Chairman of the TRC during this period.

Ada Derana reporter said that both accused were found guilty on two counts each with each count receiving a one-and-a-half year sentence.

Weeratunga and Palpita have each been sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo High Court.

They have also been fined Rs 2 million each and ordered to pay Rs 50 million each to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) as compensation.

The accused have been given time until September 20 to pay the compensation to the TRC.

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