Basil Rajapaksa Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More » StarsUnfolded

Controversies • Involvement in corruption: Several sources have claimed that Basil as a Minister of Finance was involved in several corrupt practices. In 2015, the Sri Lankan Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), which was established by the then Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe, arrested Basil on the charges of indulging in financial crimes. Talking to the media after his arrest, Basil said,
“They have no evidence. They are making wild allegations. This is a witch hunt. Neither I nor any member of my family has ill-gotten money.”
Following his arrest, a close associate of Basil, Muditha Jayakody, wrote a letter to the FCID stating that Basil, in 2016, had transferred $240 million of public funds into his bank account and had asked him to purchase a 16-acre land situated on the banks of the Kelani river. In his letter, Muditha also claimed that Basil used the remainder of the amount to construct the Malwana mansion on the land. In his letter, Muditha told the FCID,
“That money is not earned by me at all, nor did it belong to me or my company in any sense. It belonged to another person, and based on his instructions, I purchased a land to build a house at 111/3, Mahawatta, Gangabada Road, Mapitigama, Malwana.”
In the same year, Basil filed a petition in the Poguda Magistrate in which he claimed the accusations by Muditha were false and baseless, and the land and the property on the land did not belong to him. The Poguda Magistrate ordered the FCID in 2017 to auction the land since Basil was not accepting the ownership of the land and the property on it. Later, the court changed its decision and put a hold on the selling of the land. In 2015, after Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the Presidential elections, a complaint was filed against Basil Rajapaksa by the Attorney General of the FCID. In his complaint, the Attorney General claimed that Basil had siphoned off nearly Rs 24.9 million from the funds allocated to the Divi Neguma Development Department (DNDD) and had used it for printing merchandise, which was distributed among the Sri Lankan public during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 Presidential election campaign; however, the case against Basil was dismissed in 2022 by a Sri Lankan court as the Attorney General of the FCID could not present adequate evidence against Basil. In its judgement, the court said,
“The prosecution had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there had been an abuse or a violation of the provisions of the Presidential Election Act through the process of printing and distributing these almanacs. According to the testimony of Dilan Kaluarachchi of the Divineguma Department who testified in this case, it has been revealed that the process of printing the almanacs had taken place in 2011. The witness had stated that since the inception of the Divineguma Department, it has been carried out in accordance with the objectives of the department. The witness stated that the printing of the almanacs for the year 2015 which is the basis of this case, took place in the latter half of the 2014 according to the same process.”

Claims of the Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) of giving donations: According to a statement issued by the Chinese-owned Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) in 2018, the CICT donated roughly Rs 20 million in 2015 to Basil Rajapaksa’s wife’s NGO named Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation as the foundation had asked for the donation from the CICT for the construction of houses for those living below the poverty line; however, several sources claimed that the money received by Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation was used for the Presidential election campaigning of Mahinda Rajapaksa. The CICT, in its official statement, said,
“Once funding is allocated, CICT believes that the funding so allocated would be utilised for the said projects by the receiving agencies without CICT having to play a supervisory role into it.”

CICT's cheque that was given to the Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation in 2015

Not attending the parliamentary session as a Minister of Finance: According to several Sri Lankan parliamentarians, when the Sri Lankan economy began to fall in 2021, Basil remained absent from the parliament for months at a time because of which they were unable to discuss the economic situation developing in Sri Lanka. They also claimed that when the members of the parliament tried to give recommendations to Basil for improving the economic situation of Sri Lanka, he not only refused to accept their recommendations but also refused to accept that there was anything wrong with his economic policies in Sri Lanka. During an interview, talking about it, a Sri Lankan parliamentarian said,
“The Rajapaksas — especially Basil, a shadowy power broker before becoming the finance minister — should have seen the disaster coming. Basil was not willing to accept the fact that this financial crisis will lead to an economic crisis, and unless we are going to solve it, that will lead to a political crisis. He controlled everything. A sentiment repeated by other officials and diplomats, and he knew nothing of it.”

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