Anti Corruption Secretariat – the end is near?

Anti Corruption Secretariat – the end is near?

Anti Corruption Secretariat – the end is near?

Written by Staff Writer

14 Jun, 2016 | 9:17 pm

The Anti Corruption Secretariat, which was established to inquire into large scale corruption and fraud of the previous government, is on the verge of dying a natural death after July 1. Even though the tenure of this secretariat is nearing its end, the government has taken no measures to extend its term.

The Anti Corruption Secretariat was established following a decision made by the Cabinet on February 11 last year, based on a proposal put forward by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The Secretariat’s objective was to investigate large scale corruption and fraud which took place during the previous administration and to take legal action against those responsible, as well as to prevent a recurrence of such

Following preliminary investigations into over 300 complaints it has received, the Anti Corruption Secretariat has handed these cases over to the Criminal Investigations Department, Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division or the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption for further investigations.

JVP Propaganda Secretary, MP Vijitha Herath stated that they do not see any positive progress no matter how hard and tirelessly they work on investigations.

He added the relevant documents have been examined by the FCID and handed over to the Attorney General’s Department. However the implementation of the law into these cases do not come into action as expected. Therefore most officers wait for the tenure to end, so they could leave.

Explaining further, he noted many in this government, from both parties, are in favour of this secretariat being disbanded because they are afraid that their own dirt would be exposed.

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