BASL in JICA-funded anti-corruption study controversy

<p><img src="" alt="Featured Image"></p><p><!-- wp:html --><h1><span>Eyebrows raised over Rs 21 mn project</span></h1>
<p>Several senior members of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association have sought an explanation as regards a study undertaken by a five-member group, including two President's Counsels, on behalf of JICA, allegedly without following proper procedure, The Island learns.</p>
<p>The issue was raised at an Executive Committee meeting held at the BASL room at the OPA Secretariat over the weekend.</p>
<p>JICA engaged the team comprising members of the BASL late last year to conduct a study on bribery and corruption. The BASL has received a grant of over Rs 21 mn from JICA and, of that amount, over Rs 19 mn was allegedly divided among the five-member team.</p>
<p>However, before some irate members of the Executive Committee raised the issue at the May 11 meeting, two of the five recipients had 'donated' their share to the BASL.</p>
<p>Members queried as to why the five members had not obtained approval from the Bar Council and its Executive Committee before undertaking the study.</p>
<p>The issue is expected to be discussed again next Saturday when the Bar Council is having a meeting.Several years ago, The Island revealed that in 2016 the BASL had secured a sponsorship from Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL), which was under investigation for Treasury bond scams. (SF)</p><!-- /wp:html --></p><p>[Category: <a href="" rel="category tag">Uncategorized</a>]</p><p><strong>Tags:</strong> </p>

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