In addition to the jail term, High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe also ordered him to pay a fine of Rs. 10,000.
This verdict was given in a case filed against the Deputy Minister by the Bribery Commission for having obtained a bribe of Rs. 50,000 from a woman in Ampara in 2007.
Having gone through a lengthy trial, the Colombo High Court Judge eventually found the former Deputy Minister guilty of the charges and issued this sentenced.
(Editor's Note : We profusely apologize for initially publishing the image of MP Shantha Bandara by mistake. Although the image has been rectrified on Nov. 02 itself, we regret that the original photo is still visible at times due to a technical glinch. We are confident that the matter would be resolved completely in a few hours while profusely apoligizing to MP Bandara for the inconvenience.)