The Colombo Chief Magistrate Court yesterday (15) dropped the charges against Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and a number of other accused over the case filed by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) in connection with the purchase of 600 GI Pipes with public funds belonging to the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation thereby incurring a loss of Rs. 990,000 to the government during his tenure as the Mass Media Minister in 2014.
This was when the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Buddhika C. Ragala yesterday.
The order to drop the charges was made as the CIABOC had requested the Court to allow the case to be withdrawn on the condition of re-filling.
Many persons allegedly involved in bribery or corruption cases were seen being released in the recent past due to the CIABOC’s own withdrawal of cases.