Former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita have been acquitted and released from all charges by the Court of Appeal in relation to the ‘Sil Redi’ case.
The Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice Kumuduni Wickremasinghe and Justice Devika Abeyratne made this ruling taking into consideration the appeal petitions filed by the duo.
Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita were found guilty on three indictments by the Colombo High Court earlier, for using Rs. 600 Million of TRC funds to distribute Sil Cloth during the run-up to the 2015 Presidential Election.
On the 17th of September 2017, Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga found them guilty and imposed a sentence of 03 years rigorous imprisonment, a fine of Rs. 02 Million each and a compensation of Rs. 50 Million each.