Anti-Corruption Front guns for Law and Order Minister


By Harischandra Gunaratna

Chairman of Anti-Corruption Front Ven. Ulapane Sumangala Thera yesterday demanded that President Maithripala Sirisena launch a full investigation into a recent incident, where the IGP received a call allegedly from the Law and Order Minister, urging him not to arrest the former working director of Lanka Mineral Sands Ltd who was also the Basnayake Nilame of Devinuwara Vishnu Devalaya.

The suspect, Dishan Gunasekera, a close relative of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was under investigation by the FCID over an alleged fraud committed during the previous government, the monk said

The thera, addressing the media at Welikadawatte, Rajagiriya said that his organisation would petition the President on the issue.

Ven. Sumangala said: "The President was facing severe obstacles and pressure from various quarters in the government in his bid to rid the country of bribery and corruption.

The Anti-Corruption Front Chairman said President Sirsena speaking at a meeting at the Sri Lanka Foundation in October had charged that institutions dealing with corruption such as the CID, the FCID and the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption were acting according to a political agenda and now it was quite clear through the IGP’s action last week.

The Thera said the former Law and Order Minister Tilak Marapana had resigned from his portfolio after making a mistake and the incumbent Law and Order Minister had to follow suit.

The Propaganda Secretary of Jathika Hela Urumaya Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe flayed the government for its dubious policies. He said the government used one law where Frontline Socialist Party’s Kumar Gunaratnam was concerned and another when dealing with NFF leader and former JVP member Wimal Weerawansa and his wife Shashi all accused of violating visa regulations.

Warnasinghe argued that the government duplicity was quite clear when Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksa was prompt in seeking the cooperation of the Interpol to take action against Lanka e-news editor Sandaruwan Senadhira, but the Justice Minster took over one and a half years to alert the interpol about former President’s cousin and Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunge, who is accused of a number of corrupt deals and taking refuge in a foreign country.

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