Jan 20, 2021

Govt. to appoint separate commission to penalize opposition strongmen! Featured

It is reported that it has been recommended to appoint a special Presidential Commission of Inquiry to make recommendations to the Parliament to punish the 22 members of the Anti-Corruption Committee headed by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during the Good Governance government.

It is said that the Presidential Commission to investigate Political Revenge has recommended this.

The commission was appointed to investigate political revenge that had taken place between January 08, 2015 - Nov. 16, 2019.

A cabinet paper containing the recommendations and decisions of the PCoI on political revenge was tabled before the Cabinet of ministers on Jan. 18.

Evidence and documents submitted to the PCoI to take legal action against the 22 former members of the Anti-Corruption Committee will also be forwarded to the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) and the Attorney General.

Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been the chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee.

Former Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Champika Ranawaka, Rauff Hakeem, MPs Sarath Fonseka, R. Sampanthan, M.A. Sumanthiran and Anura Kumara Dissanayake were members of the committee. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, Malik Samarawickrema, J.C. Weliamuna, Ananda Wijayapala, SSP Shani Abeysekera, P. Premashantha, Nihal Amarasiri, Sujatha Kumari, I. Weeraratne, Thusith Mudalige, Lal Nanayakkara, Anusha Coomaraswamy, Dinesh Perera and former Prime Minister's Secretary Saman Ekanayake are the other members.

The witness in this case is MP Wijedasa Rajapaksa.

It is said that they have also committed criminal misappropriation of government funds. A sum of Rs. 3371 million has been obtained from the Prime Minister's Secretariat's budget for expenditure.

The Commission has also stated that the respondents have committed the criminal breach of trust that is punishable under the Public Property Act. The commission has also determined that they have done so by using the state owned Temple Trees to hold meetings of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The commission report states that public servants among the defendants have been convicted of corruption under the Bribery Act by working for or being employed for the unofficial organizations of the Anti-Corruption Committee and its Secretariat.

The PCoI to investigate Political Revenge consisted of three members, including retired Supreme Court Judge Upali Abeyratne.

(Source - Aruna)