Legal redress against MPs who took money from Aloysius

Attorney-At-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku says he will seek legal redress against politicians who had obtained money from Arjun Aloysius for elections, based on section 70 of the Bribery Act.

Section 70 of the Bribery Act states :

Any public servant who, with intent to cause wrongful or unlawful loss to the Government, or to confer a wrongful or unlawful benefit, favour or advantage on himself or any person, or with knowledge, that any wrongful or unlawful loss will be caused to any person or to the Government, or that any wrongful or unlawful benefit, favour or advantage will be conferred on any person”.

(a) does, or forbears to do, any act, which he is empowered to do by virtue of his office as a public servant;

(b) induces any other public servant to perform, or refrain from performing, any act, which such other public servant is empowered to do by virtue of his office as a public servant;

(c) uses any information coming to his knowledge by virtue of his office as a public servant;

(d) participates in the making of any decision by virtue of his office as a public servant;

(e) induces any other person, by the use, whether directly or indirectly, of his office as such public servant to perform, or refrain from performing, any Act, shall be guilty of the offence of corruption and shall upon summary trial and conviction by a Magistrate, be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand rupees or to both such imprisonment and fine.”

Yet to be implemented

Even though around 20-30 years have elapsed since this law was introduced, it is yet to be implemented, he said.

If someone would provide me with the correct list of MPs who had obtained money from Aloysius, I would seek legal redress against all of them, Nagananda had said.

At the present, several politicians including minister Sarath Fonseka, state minister Sujeewa Senasinghe and MP Dayasiri Jayasekera had admitted they obtained monetary funds from Arjun Aloysius for their election campaigns.

(Source : Ravaya)