The JO filed the complaint, naming Atukorale as no. four in the ‘top 10 corrupt ministers of the present regime’ and alleging she had defrauded Rs. 1,500 million from a newly-introduced insurance cover for expatriate workers.
The chairman of the Bureau of Foreign Employment issued a circular on 26 August 2015 to all foreign employment agents, informing them that all expatriate workers should obtain an insurance cover from Gulf Insurance and Reinsurance by making a 100 US dollar payment, the complaint says.
However, two other insurance companies had offered better coverage at a fee of 60 USD, but Gulf Insurance and Reinsurance was chosen without following any procurement procedure of submitting a cabinet paper, it alleges.
At a media briefing in Colombo today (14), the minister said she would accept any punishment if it was proved that she had caused a loss of even one cent to the state through this insurance scheme.
She added that she would go to court seeking compensation from those who had filed the complaint.