In a significant development, former Minister of Health, Keheliya Rambukwella, has been remanded by the Maligakanda Magistrate, Ms. Lochani Abeywickrama Weerasinghe, over grave allegations of criminal misconduct. The court ruling follows an extensive investigation into Rambukwella’s actions during his tenure as Health Minister.
Deputy Solicitor General Miss Lakmini Girihagama, representing the prosecution, revealed startling details during the proceedings. Allegations against Rambukwella include forging documents to submit a false report to the cabinet, purportedly claiming an imminent collapse of the health sector. This report prompted approval for the purchase of medications under dubious circumstances.
Moreover, Rambukwella stands accused of facilitating the importation of substandard antibody vaccines, posing serious risks to public health. The prosecution alleges that he bypassed standard procurement protocols, allowing the supply of inferior drugs by unregistered suppliers, thereby endangering countless lives.
The court session shed light on Rambukwella’s alleged attempts to evade accountability. Despite being summoned by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), he failed to appear, raising suspicions of obstruction of justice.
Rambukwella’s defense argued that he acted in good faith, following directives from higher authorities. However, the prosecution countered, asserting that Rambukwella abused his ministerial powers for personal gain, neglecting his duty to safeguard public health.
The magistrate, Ms. Lochani Abeywickrama Weerasinghe, expressed grave concerns over the severity of the allegations. She emphasized the importance of upholding public trust and ensuring accountability among public officials.
Following deliberations, the magistrate ordered Rambukwella’s remand until further notice, citing the gravity of the charges and the need for a thorough investigation. The court also instructed the CID to probe the disappearance of crucial documents related to the case, adding another layer of complexity to the proceedings.
Rambukwella’s arrest marks a significant development in the ongoing investigation into corruption and malpractice within the healthcare sector. As the case unfolds, authorities vow to pursue justice rigorously, holding accountable those responsible for endangering public welfare.