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Case against Tiran Alles: HC seeks clarification from SC

Colombo High Court Judge Kusala Sarojani Weerawardena yesterday decided to seek clarification from the Supreme Court regarding the Interim Order issued by the Supreme Court regarding former MP Tiran Alles.

The Attorney General had filed indictments in the High Court against four accused in financial fraud amounting to Rs.200 million – including former MP Tiran Alles and former senior  LTTE leader Emil Kanthan – alleged to have taken lace at the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) in 2006.

Three accused – former RADA Chairman Tiran Alles, former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of RADA Saliya Wickramasuriya and Dr. Jayantha Dias Samarasinghe appeared in Courts on summons.

Taking into consideration the facts, the High Court Judge decided to seek a clarification from Supreme Court regarding the issue. The Fundamental Right petition filed by Tiran Alles is to be taken up for further argument before Supreme Court on September 28. The High Court fixed the case for October 6 and the parties were directed to seek a clarification from the Supreme Court regarding its Interim Order.

The four accused had been charged for misappropriation of public funds under the Public Property Act. At a previous occasion, the AG had recommended the Magistrate’s Court to release Shantha Gajan Kumar, Anandi Shanthi Kumar, Kandasami Sodiraja and Sri Haran Sudan, from the case.

Emil Kanthan is currently evading courts and the Colombo Special High Court had issued an open warrant for his arrest, in connection with attempted murder of former Minister Douglas Devananda.

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