Colombo Commercial High Court issued notices to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and six others including Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa to appear before the court on March 10, 2016. Judge Shiran Gunaratne issued summons to former president and the others to appear before the court over the charge that they failed to pay the money owed to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) for using its buses for 2015 presidential election campaign.

The SLTB has filed a lawsuit in the court against the former president and his election committee members for failure to pay Rs. 142 million to the Authority. The complaint has named the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) election committee members including Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, then Sri Lanka Foreign Employement Bureau Head Amal Senadhilankara