Former Cooperative and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando was released on bail by Colombo Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today, in a case where he is alleged to have used employees of the CWE for political activities which caused the state a loss of Rs. 40 million.
Fernando had used at least 45 employees over a period of four years, since 2010 to carry out various political activities. The case was filed by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption in May this year.
Fernando, along with two others, including the former CWE Chairman and former Working Director of CWE were all released on a cash bail of Rs. 50,000 each, and two sureties worth Rs. 5 million each.