Two high ranking officials of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government were indicted yesterday on misusing public property, amounting up to Rs. 600 million. Both; former Chairman of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita and Secretary of the former President, Lalith Weeratunga pleaded not guilty and were granted bail by the Colombo High Court.

The quantum of bail for each was Rs 100,000 cash and three sureties of Rs. 1 million each again. The complaint has been brought by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division. The indictment said that the accused had misused funds of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission issued under the name of the secretary to the former President for purchasing white cloths for devotes (sil redi).

The case will be taken again on November 9. The duo has been asked report to court on last Sunday of every month and their foreign travel has also prohibited. Kalinga Indatissa President’s counsel appeared with Chandana Liyanagamage President’s Counsel, Kushan de Alwis President’s counsel, Kanchana Ratwatte, and Athula de Silva for Palpita and Weeratunga.  Senior state counsel, Thusitha Mudalige, appeared for the Attorney General.