Gammanpila to sue Patali

Udaya Gammanpila

Pivithuru Hela Urumaya General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila yesterday said he would take legal action against persons including a politician who made baseless financial fraud allegations against him during the election period.

Gammanpila said that he had been proved not guilty by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) in connection with the alleged fraud of Rs, 13.2 million involving a company along with two others including an Australian.

He was speaking to the media after he came out of the SIU in Colombo Fort after being interrogated for nearly two and half hours. Gammanpila went to the SIU around 9.45 a.m. and came out around 12.10 p.m.

He said SIU officials said there was no evidence to prove his involvement in this financial crime although former Minister Champika Ranawaka and a few others lodged the complaint. Gammanpila was questioned by the SIU with regard to an alleged fraud of Rs. 13.2 million at Metal Recyclers Colombo Ltd. founded by Gammanpila and two others along with an Australian.

The Australian who had come to Sri Lanka recently had complained to police that he had handed over the Power of Attorney to Gammanpila as he had been told there was a death threat against him and the fraud involving the shares in the company had taken place after Gammanpila took over.

Speaking to the media, Gammanpila said the attempt by Ranawaka to harvest more preferential votes than him at the general election by leveling baseless allegations has proved a failure. He added that he obtained two fold preferential votes than Ranawaka at the general election. Gammanpila said former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Lasitha Perera, Kavin Kodithuwakku and Berty Vidanapathirana levelled allegations against him during the election period.

He added that the Police found that the Australian national Brian Shedik never had shares of the bank in question and he had never given Power of Attorney to Gammanpila.

He also said that he would take legal action against those who attempted to tarnish his image.

(Daily News)