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The list of 45 MP’s who had sold their duty free permits was fist revealed at the Supreme Court last Thursday.
This was revealed when the Bribery and Corruption Commission informed the Supreme Court three member bench comprising Justice Priyasad Dep and Judges Sisira de Abrew and Priyantha Jayawardena that a comprehensive investigation would be launched regarding a complaint lodged that certain MP’s had sold their duty free permits and made illegal profits.
The Bribery and Corruption Commission made this statement when the complaint lodged by Attorney Nagananda Kodituwakku was taken up in court.
The Bribery and Corruption Commission had asked the complainant to withdraw the petition filed before the Supreme Court.
However, the complainant had refused to withdraw the petition filed in the Supreme Court placing his trust in the pledge by the Bribery and Corruption Commission to investigate the issue. Hence, the three member bench fixed the date for May 9 to consider the petition.
Attorney Nagananda Kodituwakku informed Court that when he initially lodged the complaint in 2014, there were 24 MP’s who had fraudulently sold their duty free permits and made undue monetary gain, but to date the number has risen to 45 and he had provided all details of this fraud to the Supreme Court.
He further pointed out that as a result of this fraudulent act by these MP’s the government had been deprived over Rs. 7 billion in losses.
Ten years imprisonment
According to paragraph 70 of the Bribery Act, anyone found guilty of either selling or giving away provisions and privileges granted to them in their official capacity is an offense and punishment for such an offense is a minimum jail term of 10 years.