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Presidential Commission investigating into alleged frauds in State institutions:

Probe extended till October 31

The term of the Presidential Commission investigating into alleged frauds in State institutions from 2015 to 2018 has been extended till October 31 and the relevant Extraordinary Gazette notification has been issued by the Presidential Secretariat. The Commission’s term was to expire on Monday.

This Commission of Inquiry was appointed by the President to inquire into the allegations of corruption and malpractices that had taken place in state institutions from January 15, 2015 to December 31, 2018. Retired Supreme Court Justice Upali Abeyratne was appointed the Chairman and former High Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena, former Auditor General Pasdunkorale Arachchige Premathilake, Former Ministry Secretary Lalith R. de Silva, former Deputy Inspector General of Police M.K.D. Vijaya Amarasinghe were appointed as the members of the Commission.

The Commission was tasked with the examination of complaints and allegations made against persons who had held or continue to hold political office and those who have been or continue to be public servants and officers of statutory bodies, regarding acts of corruption, fraud, criminal breach of trust, criminal misappropriation of property, cheating and abuse or misuse of power or authority, State resources and privileges, which offences and acts of wrongdoing had occurred from 2015 to 2017 and resulted in serious loss or damage to State assets and revenue.


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