May 29, 2018

Protest within govt. over FCID summoning TB!

Several ministers and MPs within the government have expressed their displeasure over the summoning of former minister T.B. Ekanayake to the FCID to record a statement over the usage of a vehicle belonging to the Central Cultural Fund, while he was serving as the subject minister.

Their criticism was based on the fact that while there are many who have committed large scale financial crimes  are free, such ministers are being summoned for petty incidents such as this.

The FCID had questioned the former minister for around five hours and recorded a statement yesterday (28).

It was revealed during the investigation that former Minister T.B. Ekanayake had used the vehicle for his personal use during the period from 2012 to 2015.

He was serving as the Minister of Cultural Affairs at the time.

 However, Ekanayake was summoned by the FCID to record a statement and he had arrived at the FCID at around 10.15 am and was questioned until around 3.15 pm.

The FCID is conducting further investigations into this incident.

Members of the opposition and several of  the MPs who resigned from the government recently, had accompanied Ekanayake to the FCID and they criticised the government’s vindictive actions before the media.