President Maithripala Sirisena ordered officials to suspend the services of his Chief-of-Staff I.H.K. Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation P Dissanayaka who were caught by the Bribery Commission while accepting a bribe of Ra 20 million from an Indian businessman.
The suspects apparently had solicited Rs 540 million from the businessman promising that they would provide him with approvals necessary to obtain machinery and building space for his business. The price is alleged to have been negotiated down to Rs 100 million.
The Colombo Chief Magistrate ordered that the suspects be remanded until next Thursday (9th).