UPFA Gen. Sec. echoes President’s views


by Maheesha Mudugamuwa


UPFA General Secretary and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said on Thursday that though a number of independent commissions had been appointed to look into corruptions, the officials of those institutions would not always be independent and they might have political agendas.

He was addressing the media at the opening ceremony of a Boat Exhibition at Dikowita Fisheries Harbour.

Clarifying President Maithripala Sirisena’s statement that he would take action against the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) as well as the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) for pursuing a political agenda, Minister Amaraweera said President Sirisena had given an opportunity for those institutions to work independently and he was not interfering in any of the work carried out by them.

The President had said that there should be a proper

mechanism when they summoned the war heroes to these institutions and they should not be subjected to any ill-treatment, the Minister explained.

He said that questions were being raised in some quarters about the army personal being held in custody without charge for months.

Commenting on the Central Bank’s bond scams, Minister Amaraweera said if former Central Governor Arjuna Mahendra was found guilty of the alleged bond scams, the President would ensure that appropriate punishment would be taken.

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