Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered former Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s brother Sarath Weerawansa, who was arrested by the FCID under the Public Property Act for allegedly causing a loss of Rs.10.5 million to the Government, to be re remanded till 21st September
He was arrested on charges of misusing a government vehicle attached to the Presidential Secretariat and obtaining fuel allowance from the Housing and Construction Ministry illegally.
It had been revealed that Presidential Secretariat had paid Rs.84,75,000 for vehicles hired by Sarath Weerawansa.
Investigations also revealed that Sarath Weerawansa, as the private secretary to his brother Minister Wimal Weerawansa, had used vehicle no. 65-1695 and KT-5335 until 08.01.2015. He had also used the vehicle having registered numbers HU-9099 in addition to the official vehicle he received as the private secretary. He had been given vehicle 300-6294 but had discarded it stating it was not usable. While he was the private secretary to the minister he had obtained Rs.637,741.93 as transport allowance and Rs.1,008,890.32 as fuel allowance stating he was using his private vehicle for official duties.