Basil Rajapaksa And Kithsiri Ranawaka Acquitted From Divineguma Case As Attorney General Withdraws Indictment

Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Kithsiri Ranawaka, the former Director General of the Divineguma Development Department were acquitted by the Colombo High Court today (15) from the Divineguma case.

The case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Namal Balalle today.

Deputy Solicitor General Azad Nawawi, who appeared for the Attorney General at the time, said that the Colombo High Court had acquitted the accused in another case filed against them for misusing Divi Neguma funds.

The Deputy Solicitor General further stated that the Attorney General was of the opinion that it was not possible to proceed with the case as the facts of the case and the facts of the case were largely the same and parallel. Therefore, the AG's Department withdrew the indictments against Rajapaksa and Ranawaka.

The Deputy Solicitor General requested the court to allow the Attorney General to withdraw the indictment under Section 194 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The court granted the request, while acquitting the two defendants.