Shalila Moonesinghe re-remanded
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.