The famous X-Files actress, Hollywood star Gillian Anderson was sued by a disabled Sri Lankan Army Captain. The disable army captain Anura Ratne Bandara of Yakkala is the caretaker of the property belongs to the Hollywood star. The army captain had filed a case at the Colombo Commercial High Court against Ms. Anderson and her husband claiming Rs.100 million as compensation. According to the case filed at the Commercial High Court American Actress Gillian Anderson, Mark Griffiths (the husband of Ms. Anderson) and L.G. Senaratne had been named as defendants.
This believes to be the latest situation of an ongoing conflict between the two parties since December last year. The police have arrested the army captain Anura Bandara on 29th December 2011, following allegations of fraud. He was remanded in custody following a complaint that he misappropriated up to 17.8 million rupees ($154,000) from the X-Files star’s property at Pasyala, a village outside Colombo.
“We arrested the man following a complaint that he criminally misappropriated funds entrusted to him to manage the property,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.
He said investigations were under way and a magistrate ordered the suspect to be held until January 4 to allow police more time to complete their investigations. Police also alleged that initial inquiries showed that he had taken away a television set from the property. There was no immediate comment from Anderson, who was not in Sri Lanka, or her agents.
The army captain was appeared before Colombo Fort magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne on 18th January and was remanded for another week despite the Police request for keep the suspect in remand custody for 14 days as the probe was ongoing,
Anura Bandara as the complainant stated that he has offered a yeoman service to the company belongs to the actress, with full commitment to develop the properties. The defendants had also promised him to build a house on his behalf and it was also ignored by them and also was failed to provide all facilities agreed upon the initial contract. Then without a proper reason the defendants had decided to terminate his service as the caretaker of the property.
But according to the counsel, who appeared on behalf of the property company, told court that the defendants had not received summons in this regard and further informed that the Army captain had been appointed on a contract basis and as such he was not a permanent employee of the company.
The CID also has gathered information with the help of their detectives regarding the matter and stated that, they have collected evidence from the Ceylon Electricity Board’s Kiribathgoda branch, to confirm that the suspect army captain had obtained Rs.6.8 million for the purpose of supplying electricity to the property and thereby misappropriated one million rupees.
The Colombo Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne has postponed the case for January 30.
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