The secretariat was established on a paper submitted to the cabinet by prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 02 July 2015 to inquire into serious financial crimes that were reportedly committed during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.
Originally given a one year term, it received six month extension through a cabinet paper on 22 November 2016.
President Maithripala Sirisena strongly criticized the secretariat’s functions at the cabinet meeting last week.
And, the matter was discussed at length by the ministers yesterday (11) as well, but the elaborations ended inconclusively, with an unofficial agreement to allow the secretariat to ‘die a natural death.’
Among the complaints received by the secretariat are 480 on serious financial fraud committed by top figures of the former regime, 547 on financial irregularities and minor financial fraud, and 120 other complaints, said its former director Ananda Wijepala.
It has referred some of the complaints to the FCID and the Bribery Commission, with the former having concluded investigations into 72 and sent reports to the attorney general.
Reason for the decision?
In the past few months, it had received six complaints against four powerful ministers of the present regime and also against certain state officials.
The decision to allow it a natural death has been taken in consideration of the grave threat to the government if those complaints were investigated.