JVP asks President why he made CIABOC docile

It only acts against sprats and not sharks, says Anura Kumara


By Saman Indrajith

President Maithripala Sirisena owed an explanation to the nation and to Parliament as to why he had removed Director General of the Commission to investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Dilrukshi Wickremesinghe, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament yesterday.

 Participating in the committee stage budget debate under the expenditure heads of office of the President, Prime Minister and the Defence Ministry, the JVP leader said that an explanation was overdue from the President as to the removal of Director General of CIABOC.

"After 2015, the Voice against Corruption organisation made a large number of complaints to the CIABOC. Among those accused are the wife of former President, his sons and many of his cronies. After 2015, there were complaints against the incumbent Prime Minister and several other ministers. The bribery commission is now handled by a political hand. It has completed many investigations but does not institute legal action against politicians. Instead, it files cases only against peons, constables, Grama Niladharies and technical officers. We hope that the government will respond and inform us why the commission only files cases against sprats while the sharks are still at large. The government owes us an explanation. The President owes us an explanation. He is still to tell this House on what grounds he removed a Director General of the Commission and appointed another. Today, the bribery commission is inactive. The President is directly responsible for this situation.

"We have empowered the bribery commission and passed laws to strengthen it hoping that such actions would help fight corruption and bribery. We passed funds for the functioning of the commission with the same hope. However, today, the commission is idling owing to political influence. The President should remedy this situation."

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