Pro-govt watchdog demands tough action against corrupt politicos, officials



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By Shamindra Ferdinando


An anti-corruption watchdog affiliated to the newly-elected government yesterday declared that those who had been involved in massive fraudulent transactions wouldn’t be accommodated in the new administration.


The assurance was given by JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka and attorneys-at-law Shiral Lakthilake and Maithree Gunaratne at a media briefing held at Solis Hotel, Pita kotte.


Alleging that there had been unprecedented corruption in projects undertaken by the former government in key sectors, they vowed to press the new government to punish those who had amassed wealth over the years.


Former UPFA Minister Ranawaka alleged that the government intended to investigate abuse of state resources. The MP said that the former President had abused the SLAF helicopter fleet, therefore the government would launch a comprehensive investigation.


MP Ranawaka said that the Colombo Stock Market and the construction sector would be investigated. The JHU heavyweight assured that investigations wouldn’t be dropped under any circumstances. Recalling the change of government way back in August 1994, MP Ranawaka pointed out that those who had been responsible for massive waste, corruption and irregularities were able survived by simply switching their allegiance to new government. "We’ll not let cases being suppressed by allowing influential persons to pay massive bribes."


MP Ranawaka said that the government would also investigate allegations pertaining to reports that the UPFA had influenced the LTTE decision to prevent Tamil speaking people from exercising their franchise at Nov. 2005 presidential poll by bribing the LTTE. The so-called South African initiative meant to address accountability issues as well as post-war transactions involving property belonging to the LTTE would be also looked into, the MP said.


The JHU stalwart requested the public to provide information to anti-corruption watchdog inquiring into corrupt deals.


Shiral Lakthilake said that those having information regarding fraudulent transactions and corruption could get in touch with anti-corruption watchdog on 011-2884583.


Lakthilake named several senior officials who would be investigated, while asserting that their efforts would be in vain those characters were allowed to switch sides.


When The Island queried whether the new government would act on reports issued by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as regards massive corruption in the public sector, new government’s representatives promised to take prompt action.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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