Fraud and corruption during yahapalanaya Prez appoints PCoI to probe allegations

Published : 9:10 am  January 18, 2019 | No comments so far |  | 

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  • PCoI set up on a pledge given during the presidential election campaign
  • It can call for public complaints, and obtain info or other data on the perpetrators

 

Untitled-4By Sandun A Jayasekera

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appointed a five-member Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) to probe allegations of fraud and corruption committed at State institutions between January 15, 2015 and December 31, 2018.

The PCoI headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Upali Abeyratne is mandated to inquire into acts of fraud and corruption, criminal breach of trust, criminal misuse of state assets, deceiving or cheating, criminal use of state power, properties or privileges or endangering state revenue by those who held political office or served as government officials or are still holding such office.   


It is permitted to call for public complaints, obtain information or any other data on the perpetrators and carry out a speedy and impartial investigation and has to submit its first interim report to the President in three months and the final report in six months with its observations and recommendations.  


The presidential media division in a communiqué said the PCoI was appointed on a pledge given by the President during the presidential election campaign in 2015, to build a corruption-free Sri Lanka.   


Other members of the PCoI are retired High Court Judge Sarojini Kusala Weerawardana, retired Auditor General P.K.A. Prematilaka, retired Ministry Secretary Lalith R De Silva and retired DIG M.K.D. Vijaya Samarasinghe.  

 

It is permitted to call for public complaints, obtain information or any other data on the perpetrators and carry out a speedy and impartial investigation and has to submit its first interim report to the President

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