Tsunami bribery probe in East
COLOMBO: The Commission to Investigate Allegations on Bribery and
Corruption will expedite the hearing of complaints from tsunami affected
people in Batticaloa and Ampara districts against corrupt Government
Director Investigations of the Bribery Commission SP Neville Guruge
told the Daily News that Commission officials headed by its Chairman
Justice Ameer Ismail and Secretary P.A. Abeysinghe toured the Tsunami
hit Batticaloa and Ampara districts from February 26.
Two investigation teams from the Commission who visited the area will
investigate complaints received from residents.
"We received 10 to 12 complaints from tsunami-hit people in Kalmunai
during our visit on February 27 and six to eight complaints Akkaraipattu
residents," SP Guruge said.
Most complaints were against Gramasevaka officers and Fisheries
officials who had solicited money from tsunami affected people to
provide them with the Government approved subsidies.
"We also received complaints about officers who had taken bribes to
provide subsidies for those not affected by the tsunami," he said.
"We will investigate these complaints and bring corrupt officers to
book," SP Guruge said.
In December 2005, bribery sleuths arrested one Fisheries Inspector in
Pottuvil who had solicited Rs.50,000 from a tsunami affected person to
provide with him a boat.
The Bribery Commission will educate court staff and lawyers in
Kalmunai on bribery cases. The Commission officers also briefed more
than 250 Police officers at the Ampara Town Hall on February 26 on
inquiries related to bribery and corruption, SP Guruge added.
"The Commission also conducted a seminar for the court staff and the
lawyers in Akkaraipattu on February 28," he added.