Shashi Wel­gama, spare parts sup­plier fur­ther re­manded

Mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Rs. 125 mn at SLTB:

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY SHEHAN CHAMIKA SILVA

For­mer Sri Lanka Trans­port Board (SLTB) chair­man Shashi Wel­gama and one time spare parts sup­plier to the board, Nan­dana Priyan­tha, who were ar­rested by the CID in con­nec­tion with a Rs.125 mil­lion mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion that had al­legedly taken place at the SLTB, were or­dered to be fur­ther re­manded till Fe­bru­ary 23 by Colombo Ad­di­tional Mag­is­trate Da­minda Weligo­dapi­tiya.

The pros­e­cu­tion ear­lier named an­other sus­pect, Shi­ran­tha San­jeewa Waidy­athi­laka the Chief Fi­nan­cial Man­ager of the SLTB dur­ing the pe­riod in ques­tion, as the third sus­pect in the case.

The CID in­formed court that the third sus­pect cur­rently re­sides abroad and was ab­scond­ing and said ap­pro­pri­ate steps would be taken to ap­pre­hend him with the as­sis­tance of the In­ter­pol.

Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion the first sus­pect, Nan­dana Priyan­tha was awarded sev­eral ten­ders in 2010 and 2012 re­spec­tively to sup­ply spare parts to the SLTB. How­ever, he had al­legedly not supplied spare parts for which he had re­quested ad­vance pay­ments to be made to him by the SLTB. The CID al­leged that the first sus­pect had sub­mit­ted forged doc­u­ments on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions be­fore re­quest­ing SLTB of­fi­cials to set­tle th­ese amounts which he claimed it owed him.

The pros­e­cu­tion said the se­cond sus­pect, Shashi Wel­gama, as the then chair­man of the SLTB, had fraud­u­lently signed off on the forged in­voices pro­vided by the sup­plier to the Fi­nance Depart­ment of the SLTB for pay­ment.

The CID ar­rested the sus­pects on charges un­der the Pe­nal Code and the Pub­lic Prop­erty Act over crim­i­nal mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion, breach of trust and the mis­use of state funds.

The pros­e­cu­tion ear­lier named an­other sus­pect, Shi­ran­tha San­jeewa Waidy­athi­laka the Chief Fi­nan­cial Man­ager of the SLTB dur­ing the pe­riod in ques­tion, as the third sus­pect in the case

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