12 Charges Against Bribery DG Dilrukshi Dias Wickramsinghe

Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Dilrukshi Dias Wickramsinghe has been accused of misusing the funds of CIABOC to purchase a mobile phone with a market value of Rs 65,000 for an amount exceeding Rs 125,000.

This is among 12 charges against Wickramasinghe in a no confidence motion signed by 105 UPFA MPs. Wickramasinghe is accused of arbitrary and malicious conduct and of violating the provisions of the Constitution by issuing notice on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to appear before CIABOC.

The motion says: “There is an allegation against her regarding the acquisition of a 25-acre land belonging to the Knuckles Reserve in Matale that has been named a World Heritage site, using the powers of her office while serving at the Department of the Attorney General and that Laggala police had initiated legal proceedings against the development of that land.

“Section 8 (1) of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Act No 19 of 1994 has been violated by maliciously calling the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa before the CIABOC for an investigation by making an intimation to the former President by the Director General of the Commission without an order from the Commission to appear before the Commission alleging that appointing a Minister is an act of bribery or corruption.”

“The statement made by the Prime Minister in Parliament on 20.04.2015 which read ‘a few people had applied for this post. I gave the list of names to the Minister of Justice and asked him to appoint a suitable person’, confirms the fact that this Director General has been appointed in contravention of the Section which says that a Director General for the prevention bribery or corruption, to assist the commission in carrying out functions assigned to the commission by Section 16 (1) of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Act No 19 of 1994 can be appointed by the President in consultation with the members of the commission.

“The statement made by the Prime Minister in Parliament, ‘It was stated that the incumbent Director General was a friend of my wife. But I am the one who came to know Mr Deepal Wickramasinghe and this lady. Therefore, don’t involve my wife in this,’ confirms that she is a close associate of the Prime Minister.”

“The salary of the Director General shall be determined by Parliament under the Section 16 (2)(1) of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Act No 19 of 1994 and shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund and shall not be diminished during his/her period of service with the commission and since august assembly is of the opinion that the Director General shall discharge her services impartially, independently and with integrity and whereas the salary granted to her from Parliament is an abuse of public funds due to distrust towards her and due to her political connections and malicious conduct.”

“This parliament has lost confidence in the Director General of the CIABOC as a result of her blatant violation of the Constitution and the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Act No 19 of 1994 and taking politically motivated action being a political appointee and this parliament is of the opinion that the service of this officer be terminated and she be dismissed from the office of the Director General of the CIABOC.”

The Island, Saman Indrajithdilrukshihttp://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=124103

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