The Colombo Commercial High Court today issued summons on former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and six others to appear before court on 10 March, 2016, over charges that they failed to pay the monies owed to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) amounting to Rs.142 million.
The court summoned Rajapaksa and his election committee when it took up a law suit filed by the SLTB which mentioned that the above accused had failed to pay monies owed to the SLTB for using its buses for the 2015 presidential election campaign.
The SLTB has filed the case against the former president and his election committee members.
In addition to Rajapaksa the complaint names Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Susil Premajayanth, Amal Senadhilankara, Gamini Senarath, as respondents among others.
Meanwhile SLTB says that Rajapaksa used its buses during the presidential election to bring people to rallies, and on some days even 600-700 buses had been used.
According to the SLTB, the total monies owed for such transport facilities was Rs. 192 million, but Rs. 50 million had been paid as an advance.
In a similar controversy where Rajapaksa is accused of the non-settlement of dues to the Independent Television Network (ITN) for telecasting his advertisements prior to the January presidential election, the former President has said it was the United Peoples Freedom Alliance’s responsibility to pay out standing payments.
“The party should take complete responsibility over the matter because I was the candidate of the party” he had said on payments owed to ITN.