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Bribery Comm. to decide on Shirani Bandaranayake case on July 17

Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake

A final decision as to whether legal action will be filed against former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake on charges of bribery and corruption will be taken when she appears before the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption on notice on July 17 to make a statement.

The Commission has noticed the ex-Chief Justice to appear before it on July 17 to record a statement regarding bribery and corruption allegations made against her.

The allegations against former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake are that she amassed wealth beyond the means of an ordinary public servant while she served as the Chief Justice. Details of information regarding her assets have been received by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption. Investigating officers attached to the Commission have already probed the information gathered regarding these allegations and established whether they are valid or invalid.

Investigation officers have also gone through statements made by the ex - Chief Justice before the Commission on three earlier occasions by tallying them with the allegations made and information received regarding them.

They have also investigated the assets and liabilities statements made by the ex-Chief Justice and declared and undeclared bank accounts as well as undeclared assets during these investigations.

When the ex-Chief Justice appears before the Commission on July 17, it will record her final statement after briefing her on the information gathered by the investigators including her earlier statements.

Thereafter, the members of the Commission led by its Chairman will meet and decide whether to file legal action against her under the Bribery Act or not.

If by chance the ex-Chief Justice fails to appear before the Commission on July 17 for any valid reason she would be given a fresh date to appear before the Commission and make her final statement.

If she willfully ignors the summons and boycotts the Commission, the members of the Commission would decide on their future action according to the Bribery Act. 


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