The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption filed action against former Minister Johnston Fernando for causing a loss of Rs. 40 million to the State, by using employees of the CWE to carry out his political activities. The case was filed at the Colombo Magistrate Courts today.
Fernando was the minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term. The case will be taken up on June 30, and Fernando was ordered to appear before court at the next hearing.
Fernando already has several other pending cases against him, including a corruption case filed by the Commission for his failure to declare his assets for a period of five years. When the case was taken up in Courts in April this year, Fernando pleaded not guilty. He is currently out on bail for a total of five cases, which has being filed separately for his failure to declare assets from 2010 to 2014.