Top customs officials in bribery net sent on compulsory leave

By Madura Ranwala

Customs Superintendent Sudeera Parakrama Jinadasa, Assistant Superintendent Upali Gunaratne and Deputy Superintendent Jagath Gunathilaka arrested, remanded for accepting a bribe of Rs. 125 million and recently released on bail, had been sent on compulsory leave, the Department Spokesman Leslie Gamini said last night.

 Asked whether they had been interdicted or an inquiry had been launched, Gamini answered in the negative.

 Gamini told The Island that "to start an inquiry by the department and to interdict the three officers alleged to have taken bribes, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption should file a case against them and inform us formally that they have charged those officers and specify the grounds on which legal action has been taken. Then only will we be able to interdict them and initiate an internal inquiry".

He said the payment of the officers’ salaries had been suspended since their arrest.

Director General of CIABOC and President’s Counsel Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe told the media that day that they would continue operations to nab top people who were involved in bribery and corruption, including politicians.

 But, to date none have been arrested.

 The operation to nab the Customs officers had been planned for over three weeks, he said.


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