The Attorney General (AG) yesterday filed indictments in the Permanent High Court-at-Bar against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others including former Chairman and members of the director board of the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (LRDC).
This is in connection an incident that the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana was built using LRDC funds amounting to Rs.81.3 million.
The indictments were filed against seven accused former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, LRDC Chairman Prasad Harshan de Silva, Bhadra Udulawathi Kamaladada, Sudammika Keminda Artigala, Saman Kumara Abraham Galappatti, Devage Mahinda Saliya and Srimathi Mallika Kumari Senadheera.
The Attorney General maintained that Cabinet approval had not been obtained for the construction of the D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial Museum in Weerakatiya, Medamulana.
The AG further alleged that no legal agreement had been entered into by the LRDC and project officials.
It had revealed that the Navy had provided manpower for the construction on the verbal instructions of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and on the written instructions of then Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (LRDC) Chairman, Harshan de Silva.
On June 4, the Court of Appeal had issued an order preventing Gotabhaya Rajapaksa being arrested under the Public Property Act regarding this magisterial inquiry.
The Court of Appeal made this order pursuant to a writ petition filed by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.