The Colombo Magistrate Court today released former Parliamentarian Sajin Vass Gunawardena on bail in connection to a charge that he, during his tenure as CEO of Mihin Lanka had entered into an illegal contract worth Rs. 880 million with a Singaporean Company. Gunawardena had signed the contract with the foreign company to obtain equipment for the airline’s ground handling related operations.
Gunawardena was released on a cash bail of Rs. 250, 0000 and four sureties of Rs. 10 million.
The case which will be taken up again in November was filed by the Commission to Investigation Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.
In another case in July, Gunawardena was arrested and subsequently released on bail in relation to a complaint by a businessman, who accused Gunawardena of defrauding his company Rs. 600 million.
In May, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption filed a case against Gunawardena over his failure to declare his assets during several years including in 2011 and 2012, even though he told a press conference in the same month that he had submitted all his asset details to the relevant authorities.