The Government has decided to confiscate several houses and an office belonging to former minister Basil Rajapaksa, as there is no proper legal documentation to prove the ownership of these houses.
Accordingly, at least two houses, believed to be owned by Rajapaksa in Malwana, and Matara, along with his office in Gampaha will be confiscated by the Government.
Sources said that the house in Matara is under Rajapaksa’s wife, Pushpa’s sister’s name. However, during a series of inquiries by the FCID, Pushpa Rajapaksa’s sister had denied any knowledge as to how her brother in law acquired the land and build houses on the land. A Rajapaksa brother in law, Lalith Chandradasa and architect Muditha Jayakody had also shared similar sentiments with the FCID during an inquiry.
“They told the FCID that they did not know from where Basil Rajapaksa got the money to purchase the land and build the houses,” sources said.
Meanwhile, the D. A. Rajapaksa Foundation Building located in Battaramulla (the building houses the Carlton Sports Network – CSN), constructed at a cost of Rs. 200 million, is also expected to be confiscated by the Government.
According to sources, there is no owner for these houses, and offices, hence they are considered ‘Bona vacantia.’ The Government has sought the Attorney General’s advice on the matter on the possibility of confiscating the houses and offices, as the legal process against Basil Rajapaksa is expected to take around 10 to 15 years.
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