Kumara Welgama accused of misappropriation in SLTB, given bail


Former Transport Minister Kumara Welgama who appeared before Court in connection with corruption committed at the Sri Lanka Transport Board was granted bail today. 

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya ordered the release on a Rs. 25, 000 cash bail and two sureties of Rs. 1,000,000 each.

Former Minister Welgama has been accused of the illegal creating of a Deputy Chairman post and paying salaries for that position thereby committing corruption at the SLTB.  The Case will be taken for hearing again on March 24th.

Meanwhile, notices were issued on the investigator of the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption before the Colombo Chief Magistrate on May 31st

These notices were issued when a case filed against three customs officers for receiving a bribe of Rs. 125 million was taken before the Colombo Chief Magistrate.

A lawyer appearing for one of the suspects quoted the Bribery Commission saying that there are other suspects to be arrested but the Commission has failed to do so.

Later the Chief Magistrate issued notice on the Investigator of the Bribery Commission ordering him to appear before Court.

A Customs Superintendent, a Deputy Customs Superintendent and an Assistant Customs Superintendent were arrested on October 15th last year while they were receiving the said bribe in Panchikawatta. 

The bribed is said to have been paid to release a stock of spare parts imported for Sri Lanka Transport Board.