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By Nabeela Hussain

Western Provincial Council officials yesterday said that an official had been named to inquire into the complaints made against former Colombo Municipality Commissioner Badranie Jayawardena.

“The former Commissioner was removed from her post earlier this year and has been attached to the Chief Secretary’s Office,” Secretary to  the Western Province Governor Sunil Abeywardena said.

“An official has been named. We have to inform him and if he took up the position, an inquiry would be conducted into the complaints made against the former Commissioner,” Abeywardena said.

The appointment of an official of inquiry was scheduled to be concluded by the end of this week, he said.
Meanwhile, Colombo Mayor A. J. M. Muzzammil lodged a complaint to the Western Provincial Council alleging Ms. Jayawardena had violated election laws during the weeks before the recently concluded presidential election.

t2Speaking to the , the Mayor said that he cited election law violations committed by Ms. Jayawardena.
“I cited that there were several irregularities. There were some transfers in the Municipality before the election,” he said.

The transfers were put on hold by the Elections Department and the Public Service Commission, who were informed of the situation, Muzzammil said.

Abeywardena said that Jayawardena had reported to work at the Chief Secretary’s Office (CSO) last week.
He said the former Commissioner was only attached to the CSO and that duties were yet to be assigned to her.
Sources inside the Municipality said that several steps had been taken by Jaywardena during her tenure had caused uproar in the administration.


The burning of files at the cemetery and recruitments had ensued in several complaints against her, he said.
Ms. Jayawardena was Municipality Commissioner for six years, two of which were as Acting Commissioner.
Ms. Jayawardena was not available for comment despite numerous calls to her mobile phone.