Colombo, June 6 – Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has been sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment suspended for a period of five years by the Colombo High Court in the case filed against him over the Meethotamulla land issue.
Meanwhile the minister was also imposed a fine of Rs. 25 million by the Colombo High Court.
Minister was accused of threatning a businessman over the phone and demanding Rs.64 million from him.
The Attorney General filed indictments on 15 counts against the then Chief Minister of the Western Province, Prasanna Ranatunga, his wife Maureen Ranatunga and Naresh Kumar Fareek based on charges of committing offences during the period between April 6, 2015 and June 2, 2015.
The trio were accused of threatening a businessman named Gerard Mendis and demanding Rs. 64 million to evict unauthorized occupants of a land in the Meethotamulla area in Kolonnawa and to refill the land