Asst. Sec. of the Ministry of Education summoned to PCoI

Asst. Sec. of the Ministry of Education summoned to PCoI

Asst. Sec. of the Ministry of Education summoned to PCoI

Written by Staff Writer

23 Aug, 2019 | 12:33 pm

Colombo (News 1st): An Additional Secretary and Senior Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Education was summoned to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing Fraud and Corruption at State Institutions over the past 04 years.

This is to ascertain facts which led to the transfer of K.B. Ilangasinghe, the Ministry’s Supply Director, which was done without the consent of the Ministry Secretary. Recently, Ministry Secretary Nihal Ranasinghe who testified before the commission said he was not made aware of the transfer.

He said an Additional Secretary and Senior Assistant Secretary had intervened and given the transfer based on the direct instructions of the subject minister. Nevertheless, the transfer was terminated as per an order issued by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.

According to the PCoI, the transfer was given after the witness provided evidence relating to the printing of school textbooks with the minister’s image.

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