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Malwana land does not belong to Basil Rajapaksa

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa informed court on Friday that the 16 acre land in Malwana, of which the ownership was in contention, does not belong to him

A motion filed by Muditha Jayakody citing that the 16 acre land on Ganga-Bada Road in Malwana was not purchased or used by him, and therefore he cannot be held accountable for its security, was taken up at the Pugoda Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

President’s Counsel Jayantha Weerasinghe appearing on behalf of Basil Rajapaksa informed court that the land does not belong to his client and therefore they have no objection on the sale of the said land. As there was no definite owner for the land, Deputy Solicitor General Thusitha Mudalige requested permission from court to sell the land.

Magistrate D.K.Ruwan Pathirana postponed the case to the 14th, to issue an order in this regard.

Attorney appearing on behalf of Basil Rajapaksa, E.A.P. Weeraratne stated that Basil Rajapaksa does not own this land and anyone can issue and order and give it away.

“We have no issue on that. We assisted court to make a correct decision”, he said. He further added that an appearance for the next hearing was ruled as unnecessary and Muditha Jayakody will have to come.

The attorney appearing on behalf of Muditha Jayakody, Thusira Melewwethanthri stated that Basil Rajapaksa is the sole accused in this case and this land was initially purchased by the husband of Nirupama Rajapaksa, Thirukumar Nadesan. That he had given three cheques of Rs.10 Million  each to Muditha Jayakody and the land was purchased with another Rs.34 million  to the total of Rs.64 million afterwards, Thirukumaran Nadesan transferred the deed to Muditha Jayakody after the January 8 elections, it was stated.

“The issue is, where did the money come from ? Everyone denies this. The issue we have is, Thirukumaran Nadesan has not been mentioned in this case”, said Attorney-at-law, T. Melewwethanthri.

Basil Rajapaksa left the court premises without making a comment.