Final PRECIFAC report to be presented to President today

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Inquire and Investigate into Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC), delegated with the responsibility to investigate fraud and corruption that took place during the previous Rajapaksa regime will present its final report to President Maithripala Sirisena today.

The 1000 page report will highlight the Commission’s findings related to various cases and present recommendations on how to prevent and handle large-scale fraud and corruption in the future.

PRECIFAC Chairman, Court of Appeal Judge Preethi Padman Surasena will hand over the report to the President.

The other members, High Court judge Vikum Kaluarachchi, Piyasena Ranasinghe, Gihan Kulathunga and retired Auditor General P. A. Premathilake too will attend, Commission sources said.

The PRECIFAC during its tenure had investigated 34 major cases related to large-scale fraud and corruption at state institutions during the former regimes period. Earlier the Commission handed over 17 final reports on large-scale fraud and corruption to the President for further legal action.

The 17 reports include investigations into alleged fraud and corruption in connection to the distribution of water filters in the North Central Province, “Deyata Kirula” programme organised by the Ampara Urban Council, Port Authority- Mahapola Ship, report in connection with the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institution, State Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Disaster Management Centre, Polgolla Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Health Ministry-Kidney Disease related equipment, report in connection with the Kandy District Hospital Director’s Office, KKS cement factory, Rupavahini Corporation, National Housing Development Authority, National Transport Board Commission, Sathosa report, National Youth Services Council, Health Services Supplier Division and Archeology Departmnet- Deegawapi Chethiya.

The government by a Gazette Notification on March 10, 2015 established the PRECIFAC.

It was delegated the responsibility to investigate fraud and corruption that took place during the period from January 10, 2010 to January 10, 2015. 

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