A former UPFA Deputy Minister, Shantha Premaratne, accused of obtaining a bribe to provide employment, was granted bail by the Colombo High Court today. Mr Premaratne was given a Rs 200,000 surety bail by High Court Judge K.H. Sumitharapala. The ex-deputy minister had allegedly obtained a bribe of Rs 50,000 promising employment to an employee of the Electricity Board.
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