Labour Minister Mervyn Silva who yesterday pleaded guilty to a charge of misappropriation of a cheque to the value of Rs. 70,000 was released by Colombo High Court after being ordered to pay Rs. 2500 as state costs.
Mr. Silva who appeared through a motion filed by his attorney pleaded guilty to the amended indictment of misappropriation with a dishonoured cheque worth Rs. 70,000.
Earlier Mr. Silva was indicted on two counts including obtaining tenancy of a house in Colombo 5 by presenting a false document and presenting a cheque with a forged signature on or around July 8, 1994. According to the indictment Mr. Silva had committed an offence punishable under section 403 of the Penal Code.
During the magisterial inquiry it had been revealed that Mr. Silva had issued a cheque for Rs. 70,000 to obtain money from a current account knowing that it would be returned. The accused was said to have used a false signature to sign the cheque. When the case was taken up before High Court judge W. T. M. P. B. Warawewa, the amended indictment was read out to the accused who pleaded guilty and court ordered him to pay Rs. 2500 as state costs.