Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sexual bribe: Principal granted bail

The Kottawa Ananda Vidaylaya Principal, who was remanded on charges of having solicited a sexual bribe from a child’s mother, was today released on bail by a Colombo Court.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya also warned the suspect Mahanama Geeganage Dharmadasa to refrain from intimidating or interfering with the complainant or the prosecution witnesses.

The Magistrate said bail would be cancelled if he received any complaints of intimidation or interference.

He told the suspect that the offence he is alleged to have committed was of a serious nature but Court granted him bail after considering the plight of his family.

The suspect was arrested on a complaint that he had solicited a sexual bribe from a woman who had sought admission for her child to the grade one at Ananda College in Kottawa for next year.

Opanayake Anusha Arundathi had complained to the Bribery Commission that when she met the principal to seek admission for her child he had asked her to come to a guesthouse at Werahera for a sexual odyssey as a bribe if he was to admit her child to school.

Bribery Commission officials had raided the guest house and arrested the suspect.

The case was postponed for October 23.

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