Things are appearing more bleaker for Yoshitha Rajapaksa, who also runs the risk of being court martialled for acting in contravention to the military law, by holding office as Chairman of the privately owned Carlton Sports Network (CSN), which is an offence to his current military standing as a Navy Lieutenant.
According to Police Media Spokesperson, ASP Ruwan Gunasekara after scrutinizing the email communications between Yoshitha Rajapaksa and others, it was apparent that Yoshitha was both the chairman as well as the decision maker of CSN.
Meanwhile in a detailed statement, ASP Gunasekara said that several charges were made against Yoshitha, Rohan Weliwita, Nishantha Ranatunga and several others, who are in remand prison at the moment. Among the charges are; misappropriation of funds, misuse of state resources.
According to the statement, ASP Gunasekara said that while the channel had an initial capital of Rs. 7 million, there were questions as to how the management of the company found a total Rs. 234 million as an investment for the channel, which appeared to have come from overseas without following proper procedures, and with the management not able to provide the source of the funding, investigators came to the conclusion that they were involved in money laundering.
ASP Gunasekara also said that during the questioning, it did not appear that the suspects were innocent, based on their responses, hence they were arrested and then produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate.
Further investigations are ongoing to ascertain whether the management of CSN has committed other crimes, in relation to documentation, violating customs ordinance, the company’s act, among many others.