Mother of Fonseka’s son-in-law arrested, later granted bail
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 18:04
Colombo: The mother of former Army General Sarath Fonseka's son-in-law was today arrested after CID recovered a large sum of foreign currency from her bank account, but was later released on bail by a local court here.

Asoka Tillekaratne, mother of Danuna Tillekaratne was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) after they searched her bank account following a tip-off yesterday and recovered the money worth Rs 75 million.

It included USD 5,27,000, 100 Pounds Sterling and 15 million Sri Lankan Rupees and was recovered from the account in presence of Asoka, police spokesman Preshantha Jayakody had told reporters yesterday.

The Sri Lanka Central Bank Finance Intelligence Unit and the Exchange Controller has been informed about the recovery and CID is looking into keeping them under judicial custody, he said.

The Magistrate also ordered Asoka not to leave the country.

Jayakody said the search had been conducted thoroughly in accordance to the law and further investigations would continue as to how such a large sum of foreign currency came to the country and its purpose.

Tillekaratne was questioned by CID following which her statement was recorded yesterday. CID also told the court that it has recorded a statement of Fonseka for Hicorp deal.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate had issued an arrest warrant for Fonseka's son-in-law Dhanuna Tillekaratne on Monday in the multi-million dollar defence scam and refused to grant anticipatory bail.

Dhanuna Tillekeratne, Fonseka’s son-in-law, has been accused of "corrupt" arms deals through Oklahoma-based Hicorp company allegedly owned by him in the United States and has not been arrested so far.

The company reportedly have supplied arms, ammunition and other items to the Sri Lanka Army while General Fonseka was its commander.

Hicorp allegedly secured contracts despite being the highest bidder while other companies with lower bids lost.

Earlier, Tillekeratne had said his relationship with General Fonseka did not affect the bidding of the firm for tenders with the Sri Lankan Army and the other wings.

The government has claimed that son-in-law of the common opposition presidential candidate has earned profits from arms procurements of the Army during the war with the LTTE.

According to reports, the then Army Commander Fonseka could approve procurement of equipment below the value of Sri Lankan Rs 25 million.


First Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 18:04

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