Gota’s Rakna Lanka Purchased And Issued Illegally: Former Additional Secretary MOD Admits

The controversial Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) had purchased weapons without following due legal process, the former Additional Secretary to the Defence Ministry Damayanthi Jayaratne has admitted.

Damayanthi Jayaratne

She has noted the above while making a statement before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) appointed to investigate serious acts of fraud, corruption and abuse of power, state resources, and privileges.

A commission member said that Jayaratne had been questioned yesterday.

It has been revealed that although the Ministry of Defense had issued 3,473 firearms to the firm only 89 out of these had been issued following due protocol.

Meanwhile former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was yet again summoned by the commission today for questioning.

He had been questioned regarding the alleged use of personnel attached to the Civil Security Department for political campaigning activities during the last Presidential Election.

Rajapaksa is also to be questioned by the commission about using around 500 employees of Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL), a state-owned institution, for political campaigning, a commission member said.

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