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* Former minister Patali, former IGPs Illangakoon and Pujith summoned to Presidential Commission
Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 08:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 17, Colombo: The Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Political Victimization today summoned the former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and former IGPs NK Illangakoon and Pujith Jayasundara to appear before the Commission on the 20th October.

MP Ranawaka and former police chiefs were summoned in response to a complaint lodged by Minister Udaya Gammanpila with the Commission.

Minister Gammanpila has complained to the Presidential Commission that during the period of good governance a case was filed against him in the Colombo High Court with the intention of seeking political revenge by filing false evidence that he had sold shares of companies owned by Australian Brian John Shaddick by preparing a fake power of attorney in 1997.

He stated that a person by the name of Lasitha Perera, who appeared as Brian John Shaddick’s power of attorney at the Police Headquarters, had requested the then IGP on June 17, 2015 to conduct an investigation into the matter and do justice.

The complainant stated that Brian John Shaddick had not asked him about his company shares or money for 18 years until the investigation into the complaint began.

Mr. Gammanpila stated that the reason for filing these baseless cases was his resignation from the Jathika Hela Urumaya of which Champika Ranawaka was the secretary in the 2015 Presidential Election and the formation of a new political party called Pivithuru Hela Urumaya in support of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He said the then IGP NK Illangakoon as well as his successor Pujith Jayasundara had used his close confidante, Director of the Special Investigation Unit Mevan Silva and the Attorney General’s Department to file these baseless cases against him.

Minister Udaya Gammanpila requested the Commission to take action against those who had tarnished his reputation by claiming that he had defrauded a foreigner of money.

It has been alleged that Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader used a forged power-of-attorney to sell Rs.110 million worth of Pan Asia Bank shares held by one of the companies of the Australian national while being a Director of this company. The Minister was also accused of selling billions worth of property, including a tea factory belonging to the foreigner.

Following a complaint made by the Australian national, the Police Special Investigations Unit arrested Gammanpila in June 2016 and charged of defrauding an Australian businessman Brian Shaddick, and later released on bail.


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