Colombo Telegraph

Instead Of Summoning Rajapaksa Before PRECIFAC, Commission Members Visited His Residence

Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa was questioned by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) today.

Rajapaksa had been questioned over the money owed to state-owned ITN TV for televising ads promoting him at the 2015 Presidential Election campaign.

Instead of summoning Rajapaksa to appear before the commission at BMICH, where sittings are held, the commission members had visited Rajapaksa’s official residence in Colombo.

This according to a commission member had been done, fearing public protests.

An audit inquiry conducted by the ITN has revealed that from November 24, 2015 to January 05 2015, Rajapaksa had paid Rs.62 million to the state owned ITN for advertisements carried on his behalf at the concluded presidential polls.

However, according to the audit inquiry Rajapaksa still owes Rs.10.1 million for advertisements carried out during the period.

Meanwhile at the same period the ITN which agreed to air advertisements worth Rs.44 million of Rajapaksa’s rival candidate at the election Maiithripala Sirisena has only aired advertisement worth of Rs.2.6 million despite the agreement.

Earlier the commission questioned UPFA parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma, former secretary to Rajapaksa, Lalith Weeratunga, former ITN chairman Anura Siriwardena and former Secretary of the Ministry of Media under the UPFA led government Charitha Herath on the same matter.

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