Premier orders justice for the politically victimised | Daily News

Premier orders justice for the politically victimised

Employees of government and semi-government institutions who were politically victimised between 2015 and 2019 should be met with justice, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

He made this observation when the interim report of the Committee appointed to look into the political victimisation at government and semi-government institutions during the 2015 – 2019 period was handed over to him at Temple Trees, yesterday morning.

He said it was the responsibility of this Committee to see if the political victims are met with justice. He instructed the Committee members to inform the Cabinet of Ministers if the heads of institutions do not act in accordance with the recommendations by the Committee, and then get the recommendations realised by way of the respective ministers.

The interim report was handed over by Speaker and former Political Victimisation Committee Chairman Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. The Cabinet-approved Committee appointed to look into the political victimisation received 6,952 appeals, Chairman Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane said. The interim report consisted of investigations, observations, and recommendations on 1,152 appeals out of the lot. The Committee members said that the manners in which the appellants were victimised were revealed during the investigations. Four hundred and eighty-four files have already been directed to the heads of institutions of the respective employees who became political victims.

The event was attended by other members of the committee Mahinda Seneviratne and Ariyaratne Arumapperuma, Attorney-at-Law Chathurika Wijesinghe (Secretary), Prime Minister’s Secretary Gamini Senarath, and Prime Minister’s Additional Secretary Chaminda Kularatne.