Weliamuna report on SriLankan Airlines must be be tabled in Parliament: JVP (Watch Report)

Weliamuna report on SriLankan Airlines must be be tabled in Parliament: JVP (Watch Report)

Written by Staff Writer

05 Apr, 2015 | 9:46 pm

The JVP says the Weliamuna Report, on corruption at the national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, must be tabled in Parliament.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with News 1st on Sunday, Kapila Chandrasena, the former CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines, noted that he could not be held responsible for decisions made by higher ups.

 

The report of the four-member committee chaired by senior lawyer J.C. Weliamuna, highlighting corruption and irregularities at the national carrier, has been submitted to the Prime Minister.

The report implicates former Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe and former CEO Kapila Chandrasena, for a number of irregularities.

The report further notes that the former Chairman’s penchant for young air hostesses, caused further problems for the airline, which was already burdened by debt.

The report also highlights irregularities in the procurement of new aircraft, unnecessary expenditure on foreign travel and the procurement of luxury cars.

The Weliamuna Report also claims that employees of SriLankan Airlines were released for political work for the Rajapaksa family.

The report recommends criminal proceedings against senior officers including the former Chairman and former CEO.

President of Sri Lanka Freedom Employees Union of SriLankan Airlines Janaka Wijeypathiratne says that they feel some of the conclusions are based on malicious statements made by individuals who had problems with the aviation service. He added that they have problems regarding the expertise in this report.

Meanwhile. JVP Politburo Member MP Sunil Handunnetti noted that the way the Chairman treated an air hostess is not what is important to the people, adding that there is the case of large scale fraud which took place when purchasing airbus aircraft for Air Lanka.

He went onto note that revelations have been made of major corruption and fraud in recent agreements reached by Air Lanka.

Handunnetti said that inquiries should also be made into transactions at the catering company and other affiliated companies.

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