Written by Staff Writer
12 Oct, 2018 | 1:33 am
COLOMBO (News 1st) – There were several media reports that claimed that MP Hirunika Premachandra had syphoned off almost Rs. 20 Million from the Maga Neguma account. The Financial Crimes Investigations Division is currently probing the incident.
Yesterday and today, several newspapers reported that the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division is probing a complaint which claimed MP Hirunika Premachandra had taken out Rs. 20 Million from the worker’s welfare account of the contract company involved in the Maga Neguma program and had used it for political and other activities.
A letter dated the 17th of March 2016 addressed to the Deputy General Manager of the Contract Company was sent by a person named J.J.Wickremeratne claiming to be the Chairman of the Welfare Association of the Maga Neguma Construction Company.
According to the letter a request has been made for an independent audit to be performed as issues had arisen with regard to the income and expenses of the Welfare Society fund for the years 2014-2015. However, the letter does not mention the name of MP Hirunika Premachandra.
The only time her name is mentioned is in the bills issued for a sum of Rs. 243,000 to an event equipment supply company located in Nawala Road, Rajagiriya during the said time period. In such a backdrop, it is indeed questionable when such claims are made on investigations taking place over the syphoning off of Rs. 20 Million.
Though the bills claim the event equipment were ordered under the name of Hirunika Premachandra, there is no mention that she approved these transactions neither is her signature placed on any of the bills.
However, an individual by the name of Prasanna Kumara Nissanka had signed and taken out a sum of Rs. 243,000 from time to time from the Welfare Society Fund of the Maga Neguma Contract Company. The documents even go on to show his, National Identity Card number.
The total sum issued for seven invoices is calculated at Rs. 243,000 and not Rs. 20 Million as claimed by certain reports. What is the investigation carried out by the FCID on a sum of Rs. 243,000? As per the law of the country, such transactions are inquired into by the Mediation Board.
What evidence is present to claim that MP Hirunika Premachandra had in fact taken the money? Is this someone’s attempt to destroy MP Hirunika Premachandra’s future in politics?
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