Vijitha Herath says authorities lethargic about pursuing investigations related to corruption (Watch Video)

Vijitha Herath says authorities lethargic about pursuing investigations related to corruption (Watch Video)

Written by Staff Writer

20 Feb, 2015 | 8:43 pm

The JVP says that authorities have become lethargic, in pursuing investigations related to fraud and corruption.

Addressing a media briefing in Colombo on Friday, the JVP’s Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath, expressed the following views:

”Forty three days have passed since the presidential election. We are nearing the 50 day mark of the 100-day programme. The government has not expedited investigations and imitated legal action against those whom various charges were levelled at. The day before yesterday, they said that a committee to investigate corruption had been appointed with cabinet approval. So, the committee is being appointed 40 days later. This delay is too long. We in the JVP lodged a petition with the Court of Appeal regarding KP who was arrested in 2009. Suhada Gamlath who represented the Attorney General’s Department in court yesterday, noted that the Attorney General is yet to receive a report from the police or any other security forces regarding this. This is truly nauseating. We suspect as to whether there is an invisible hand behind this. Former ministers and deputy ministers who were accused of thievery have been given two vehicles and fuel via a circular. Even former Deputy Ministers who are out on bail have been given vehicles and fuel. You cannot bring about good governance by continuing on this road. The UPFA which is the main opposition party, has said they will support the 100-day programme completely, out of fear that the people will be displeased with them. But underneath it all, they are trying to trip up the programme. We will do our best to ensure the success of the 100-day program.”

Views were also expressed at this news conference on facing the UN Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka.

 

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