Tenure of PCoI on Corruption and Fraud at State Institutions ends

Tenure of PCoI on Corruption and Fraud at State Institutions ends

Tenure of PCoI on Corruption and Fraud at State Institutions ends

Written by Staff Writer

01 Oct, 2019 | 11:36 am

Colombo (News 1st): The term of the Presidential Commission to Investigate Fraud and Corruption at Government Institutions during the past four years, ended at midnight last night (September 30). The Commission stated that it had requested the President to grant an extension of one month to complete the ongoing investigations.

The Presidential Commission was appointed on 22nd of January this year and its first term ended on 22nd of July and accordingly, the commission’s term was extended till yesterday. According to the Presidential Commission, 1343 complaints have been received regarding various misdoings at state institutions.

137 complaints were investigated by the Police unit while 22 complaints were probed by the commission. The Prime Minister, Ministers of the ruling party, MPs, secretaries to ministries top government officials were summoned to provide evidence regarding the complaints which were lodged at the commission.

The first volume of the final report of the Presidential Commission was handed over to the President on the 26th of last month. Retired Supreme Court Judge Upali Abeyratne served as the Chairman of the Presidential Commission.

Retired High Court Judge Kusala Sarojani Weerawardena, Retired Auditor General P.A. Premathilaka, Retired Ministry Secretary Lalith R de Silva and DIG Vijaya Amarasinghe were the rest of the members.

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