Written by Tharushan Fernando
29 Jan, 2016 | 9:26 pm
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption continued investigations pertaining to the alleged financial irregularities at the Independent Television Network on election campaigning.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was also present during the proceedings. The parties notified with regard to these investigations had requested the commission to provide them with time to present evidence.
Secretary to the Commission Lacille De Silva said that they can make submission on February 18, 19 , 25 and 26. He added that the Commission hopes to conclude the investigations during the said days.
The former president, in relation to questions raised by journalists, stated that he is not aware of the Executive Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s decision that he and President Maithripala Sirisena must join to contest the election
The former president, in relation to the Prime Minster’s allegations yesterday, noted that it is truly saddening what the new MPs and the people would assume is good governance, and they might assume that this is what is called democracy and media freedom, and that this is not oppression and not a threat.
“There are parliamentary traditions and he is aware of that” said the former president and added that, in spite of these traditions the premier had mentioned names, and that is not a good thing and this could lead to a bad precedent.
“He also said a ‘good word’ regarding the media” said former president Rajapaksa and noted that the prime minster mentioned the names of media institutions but he did not say anything about Sirasa.
“I do not know why? He loves Sirasa, ” he said and charged that the government’s decision to reach an agreement to give jobs to Indian professionals is to solve the unemployment issue in India
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