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Overseas travel ban on Basil lifted

Basil Rajapaksa

The overseas travel ban imposed on former Minister Basil Rajapaksa over a misappropriation case has been lifted by Colombo High Court. The order was delivered by Colombo High Court Judge R Gurusingha. Court also directed Basil Rajapaske to inform the Court prior to his foreign travels.

Earlier Defence Counsel Gamini Marapana who appeared for Basil Rajapaske submitted to Court that his client has to travel abroad since he is the Chair of a Presidential Task Force.

Former economic development ministry secretary Dr Nihal Jayathilaka, former Director General of the Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka and his deputy Bandula Thilakasiri are also among the accused in the case.

The accused have been charged with misappropriatoi of Rs 29.9 billion worth funds of the Divi Neguma Department, while distributing housing appliances and roofing sheets, among beneficiaries of the Department’s welfare programme, during the 2015 presidential election campaign.

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