Yahapalana ‘Anti-Corruption Committee’ wasted over Rs.33 mn | Daily News


PCoI probing alleged political victimization reveals:

Yahapalana ‘Anti-Corruption Committee’ wasted over Rs.33 mn

The ‘Anti-Corruption Committee’, which was set up with the approval of the Cabinet of the Yahapalana Government to look into corruption, has wasted Rs.33,714,807.59 million of government money by committing large scale corruption for 29 months.

This was revealed before the Presidential of Inquiry investigations allegations of political victimization (PCoI) yesterday.

Further, it was revealed that the Anti-Corruption Committee which was set up by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on January 21, 2015 has paid Rs. 22, 714, 079.27 million to 44 officers who worked for the Anti-Corruption Committee from February 2015 to June 2017.

Evidence also showed that the money was spent on telephones, electricity, overtime, vehicles, fuel, stationery and other expenses.

Accordingly, the Commission has instructed officials of the Prime Minister’s Office to expose to the public the massive corruption that established an Anti-Corruption Commission to look into corruption.

The Commission recalled the testimony of Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mangala Samaraweera who testified before the Commission recently that the Anti-Corruption Office was an institution with no legal status and did not know whether such an office was operational.

The commission also said that former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Minister Mangala Samaraweera should know whether such an office was functioning at Temple Trees.

According to the sub-Cabinet report in Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Cabinet Memorandum, the Commission’s Presiding Judge, former Supreme Court Justice Upali Abeyratne stated that there was nothing wrong with publishing this massive corruption in the media as it was one of the functions of the media to publish office activities.

At a previous occasion, The Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating allegations of political victimization issued notice to Secretary to the Prime Minister, Gamini Sedara Senarath to testify before the commission regarding whether wages had been paid to the office bearers of the ‘Anti-Corruption Committee’ which set up by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The Commission requested him to submit the documents and the names of the persons who have been paid.

Accordingly, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister’s office Ganesh Dharmawardena and Chief Financial Officer W.A Sarath Kumara produced these financial reports to the Commission.

Former Secretary to the Economic Affairs Ministry Nihal Jayathilaka had filed a complaint before the commission alleging that he had been politically victimized over the providing of compensation and gratuity to employees who had voluntarily resigned when establishing the Department of Divineguma Development.

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