Corruption PCOI recommends Strictures against Ranil, former ministers

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) that probed the allegations of corruption and fraud in public institutions between 2015 and 2018 had recommended taking action against former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former Ministers Sajith Premadasa, Lakshman Kiriella, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Duminda Dissanayake and P. Harrison for misuse of public funds and other offences.

The PCoI final report was presented to the Cabinet on Monday.The report has also recommended action against several public officials and Ministerial staff members.

The Commission was appointed by former President Maithripala Sirisena on January 14, 2019. The Cabinet approved to present the report to Parliament for further action. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa informed the Cabinet that the copies of the report were went to the Attorney General and Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption to implement the recommendations of the PCoI.

The report has recommended action against the above mentioned politicians for obtaining a private building for the Agriculture

 Ministry for lease at a higher price, over recruitment of workers to the National Housing Development Authority, appointment of consultants to the Road Development Authority violating the stipulated circulars and procedure, misappropriation of public funds from the project to distribute tablets to Advanced Level students, importation of dairy cows from New Zealand and Australia and spending public funds for the Neville Fernando Private Hospital.

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