(Lanka-e-News -14.April.2015, 5.25AM) Ex minister Rohitha Bogallagama who was barred from foreign travel by the court on 1 st of April was captured by the Lanka e news camera roaming Oxford street , London on yesterday(13) evening.
It is the chief magistrate of Colombo Gihan Pilapitiya who imposed the foreign travel ban on the ex minister after hearing a plaint filed in the Commission of bribery and corruption against him. Based on the case filed by the bribery commission in relation to the misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs. 1.4 million of the ministry of investment and promotion when Bogallagama was its minister, the latter has got these funds passed by the ex Director general of the investment promotion board, Lakshman R. Watawala. That is, to attend an exhibition overseas , he had made the director general to illegally approve Rs. 1.4 million in excess.
It is a most vexatious question , how did this ex minister an accused in a fraud banned from traveling abroad by court , make his way to London? How did he kick out a court order and bail condition so cheekily ? Did he get permission later from the court? Based on the probe conducted into this by Lanka e news , the ex minister has not obtained such a permission from court. LeN checkd the passengers departure list of Katunayaka air port but Rohitha Bogollagama’s name has not in there.
It is to be noted that the courts have these days issued a number of orders barring the foreign travel of individuals charged with corruption and frauds , many of whom are political heavyweights associated with the ex Rajapakse regime.