Shalila Moonesinghe re-re­manded

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY YOSHITHA PER­ERA

Litro Gas Lanka Ltd for­mer Chair­man Shalila Moonesinghe and com­pany ex­ec­u­tive Janaka Chaminda Nam­muni were yes­ter­day fur­ther re­manded till Oc­to­ber 25 by the Colombo Fort Mag­is­trate’s Court.

Min­istry Sec­re­tary Ravin­dra He­wavitha­rana, has di­rected Sri Lanka In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion (SLIC) Chair­man He­maka Amara­suriya to re­move Mr. Moonesinghe from the post, as he was ar­rested un­der the Money Laun­der­ing Act. Litro Gas Lanka Lim­ited is a ful­ly­owned sub­sidiary of the SLIC which falls un­der the purview of the Min­istry of Pub­lic En­ter­prise Devel­op­ment.

Min­istry said in a state­ment that the Sec­re­tary Mr. He­wavitha­rana has also di­rected the SLIC Chair­man to ap­point an Act­ing Chair­man for the Litro Gas Lanka Ltd as soon as pos­si­ble.

Min­is­ter Kabir Hashim has in­structed min­istry sec­re­tary to con­duct min­istry level in­quiry into the al­le­ga­tions. The Min­is­ter also in­structed to pro­vide nec­es­sar­ily le­gal as­sis­tance for the Litro Gas Lanka Ltd and the Bank of Cey­lon be­cause the money trans­ac­tion was in­volved in a BOC ac­count. Moonesinghe, who was ap­pointed as the Litro Gas Lanka Ltd Chair­man by the then Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ravi Karunanayake in 2015, was ar­rested by the CID in con­nec­tion with the al­leged trans­fer­ring of USD 1.1 mil­lion from Far East­ern In­ter­na­tional Bank of Tai­wan to one of his ac­counts in Sri Lanka.

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