PM debunks Anura’s allegations

Published : 8:40 am  March 10, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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By Yohan Perera   
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told Parliament that the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) has received 1, 599 complaints while investigations into 49 cases had been completed thus far.  

Mr. Wickremesinghe gave this explanation in response to a question raised by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake in the House last morning.   
Findings of those investigations have been referred to Bribery Commission while others have been referred to the Attorney General, he told the House.   
The Prime Minister said the case against Rakna Lanka and former Chief Minister North Central Province S M Ranjith had been referred to the Bribery Commission while the case involving Srilankan Airlines has been referred to the Attorney General. He said the commission had dismissed 1,180 complaints as allegations which have no basis for further investigation. “The commission has referred 400 complaints to investigating officials to commence probes. So far the commission has completed investigating 49 complaints while investigations into 158 complaints are still on-going,” he said.   
Mr. Dissanayake had been of the view that investigations were being referred from one institution to another just to buy time. He said the situation is the same when it comes to the bond scam.   
Mr. Wickremesinghe, who responded to this accusation, said cases were referred to the Bribery Commission and the Attorney General as the Presidential Commission has no mandate to penalise wrong doers.