Payments to ACS illegal, says PCOI Chair

Payments to ACS illegal, says PCOI Chair

Payments to ACS illegal, says PCOI Chair

Former Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe has admitted that the Prime Minister’s Office has spent over Rs. 33.7 million for the expenses of the Secretariat of the new Anti-Corruption Commission established during the last government period.

Wickramesinghe in his testimony to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe incidents of Political Victimization also admitted to the fact that more than Rs. 260,000/- was paid by the Prime Minister’s to State Counsel Mr. Thusitha Mudalige during his tenure as the Legal Advisor to the Anti Corruption Secretariat.

The Ex Prime Minister testified with regard to a complaint filed by Mr. Piyadasa Kudabalage, the former Director of the Sri lanka Insurance.

The Commission stated that there was evidence that the money had been used to pay salaries and allowances to 44 officers of the Secretariat. Ranil Wickramasinghe replied that it could be so.

The Commission also informed Ranil Wickramasinghe that Additional Solicitor General Mr. Thusith Mudalige, who was the Legal Adviser to the Anti Corruption Committee, had been paid over Rs. 260,000 and the former PM accepted that it was done.

The Presidential Commission inquired on the Legitimacy of the Anti Corruption Committee Secretariat from Ranil Wickramasinghe.

Replying to this Ranil Wickramasinghe said that the establishment of the committee was not illegal and they should operate within the confinement of the law.

Ranil Wickramasinghe stated that he did not select or get involved in the selection and recruitment of persons to give legal advice to the Anti Corruption Committee and that it was the duty of the Attorney General.

The Presidential Commission questioned whether the appointments were made by the Attorney General and Ranil Wickramasinghe stated that he did not know about it.

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Payments to ACS illegal, says PCOI Chair

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