by Norman Palihawadane
Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister DM Swaminathan yesterday issued a directive making it mandatory to obtain recommendations of three doctors for prisoners to be transferred the prisons hospital.
The Minister instructed the Prisons Commissioner General that hereafter the inmates would have to obtain recommendations from three prisons doctors for the purpose and the order be adhered with immediate effect.
The letters of recommendations and medical reports should be submitted to the Ministry for inspection, the Minister said.
Minister Swaminathan said that he had issued the new directive following complaints even prisoners in good health got themselves admitted to the prison hospital.
Meanwhile a senior prisons official told The Island that Anusha Palpita, former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) and Lalith Weeratunga, former Presidential Secretary and former Chairman of TRC, convicted of misuse of state funds had been transferred to the prisons hospital yesterday.
The officer said that both Pelpita and Weeratunga had been examined by doctors before being transferred to the prisons hospital.
Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga Thursday sentences Pelpita and Weeratunga to three years RI, fined them Rs. 2 million each and ordered them to pay the TRC Rs 50mn each by way of compensation.