The fake director of Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital (SJGH) Susitha Senaratne’s wife Ancy Senaratne’s proxy company has been awarded a mega deal ensuring that Susitha Senaratne and Ancy Senaratne have paid themselves Rs 17 679 747 of public money between the time period of November 2015 to December 2018. These facts have been revealed by Government Auditor’s audit query in to this massive fraud dated 10.01.2019.
As soon as he was illegally appointed by Rajitha Senaratne to the post of director SJGH in March 2015, Susitha Senaratne, the infamous political stooge of the minister lost no time in venturing in a series of financial frauds that have been repeatedly exposed in Colombo Telegraph and other main stream Sri Lankan print media.
Sri Lanka Administrative Service: Prostituting Administration
The Ministry of Health, the Presidential Secretariat, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Auditor General of Sri Lanka have not taken any action regarding the alleged financial and administrative crimes surrounding the illegal appointment and the financial frauds committed by Susitha Senaratne since 2015. In spite of repeated revelations, and strict instructions by the COPE, successive Secretaries to the Ministry of Health, namely, Anura Jayawickrama, Janaka Sugathadasa, AMKK Aththanayake, Wasantha Perera have not taken any step to rectify this illegal appointment by appointing a qualified public servant to this position. Those Secretaries to the Ministry of Health have only proven that the Sri Lanka Administrative Service is nothing but a collection of professionally naked men and women who are prostituting the SLAS.
Athula Kahandaliyanage: The Core Protector of Susitha Senaratne
The chairman of J’ Pura Hospital Dr Athula Kahandaliyanage has been the consistent protector of the illegal appointment of Susitha Senaratne. He, along with Rajitha Senaratne’s political stooges at the Board of Directors of SJGH misinformed the COPE, the Ministry of Health and the judiciary, in a series of administrative manipulations that lead to the perpetuation of Susitha Senaratne’s illegal appointment as director SJGH. The only gentlemen of the Board of Directors to oppose these serious crimes were Dr Kanishka Indraratne, Dr Madhava Karunaratne and Dr Prabhath Ambawatte who, through an independent submission have informed the courts that official and moral stance differs from the rest of the Board. All other members of the Board have been complicit in these crimes.
Athula Kahandaliyanage was and is the Chairman of the Procurement Committee of SJGH. However Colombo Telegraph learns that on 10.01.2019 when this Audit Query was made by the Government Audit, it was Dr Anil Jasinghe who was the Acting Chairman of SJGH. Susitha Senaratne has also been a member of the Procurement Committee since 2015.
Ancy Senarante: The Core Player Of Fraud
The wife of Susitha Senaratne, Dr Ancy Senarante is a medical officer of the OPD of the Central Hospital, Maradana. On 26.12.2015, Ancy Senaratne has been a member of the Board of Directors in a company called Telechanneling PVT ltd. As per section 1.4.2 and 1.4.3 of the Procurement Guidelines and the common law of the land, it is a financial crime to have a conflict of interest in awarding tenders and being involved in any way in the process of procurement where a family member stand to gain financially. It is mandatory for any such officer to declare his conflict of interest and refrain from being involved in any manner in the procurement or evaluation process. Both Ancy Senaratne and Susitha Senaratne have knowingly and willfully been involved in the fraud that Colombo Telegraph will reveal below.
How The Mega Document Scanning Fraud Of J’ Pura Hospital Began
Within just 3 month of his illegal appointment Susitha Senaratne submitted a Board Paper numbered 360.06.04 suggesting the conversion of the document system of SJGH to digital system which got the blanket approval of the Board without as much requesting a feasibility report. No analysis was done about the cost of building, man power, overheads or any other cost for the implementation and the sustenance of this “project”.
By December 2018 Susitha Senaratne has ensured that Rs 15 879 747 was spent on “scanning and uploading of documents” and yet another Rs 1 800 000 as spent on establishment of the software and licensing.
The irony of all this is that the so called gentleman proponent of Yahapalanaya Eran Wickramaratne declared open this fraudulent project which has resulted in making Ancy Senaratne, wife of the fake director of SJGH earning over 17 million rupees of the J’ Pura Hospital earnings.
These thumping amounts of money have been paid to himself and his wife by Susitha Senaratne in a backdrop of slashing the overtime payment of doctors, nurses and other staff and slashing medical benefits of employees. The J’ Pura hospital runs at a loss of Rs 4 million per day while its director has been paying himself and wife millions of rupees fraudulently.
Enter: The “IT Consultant” OF J’ Pura Hospital
The key fraudsters of this mega day light robbery of public money are fake director Susitha Senaratne, his wife Ancy Senaratne, and a close friend of Susitha Senaratne called Nuwan Dehigaspitiya ,the so called IT Consultant of J’ Pura hospital. One of the first recruitments done by Susitha Senaratne upon assuming duties was to set the stage for this mega fraud by advertising and recruiting Nuwan Dehigaspitiya, as the IT Consultant for SJGH. He received salary of over Rs 100 000 per month for making 2 to 3 cameo appearance to provide the “technical cover” and fraudulent reports to cover up Susitha Senaratne’s “IT Projects”. He hardly ever reported to work on designated days.
According to the Government Auditor’s report on SJGH, the technical specifications for the digitalization project was never referred to a Technical Evaluation Committee. Susitha Senaratne and Dehigaspitiya singlehandedly developed specifications to ensure that his wife’s company will be awarded the tender.
Following the development of custom made specifications, the project as advertised and the tenders received were forwarded to the Tender Evaluation Committee for recommendation. During the Technical Evaluation Nuwan Dehigaspitiya consistently refused to attend the TEC evaluation meetings and finally succumbed to regulations and presented himself. However he submitted a technical report stating “strongly technical reasons” for the award of the tender to Ancy Senaratne’s company.
Susitha Senaratne Appointed The Technical Evaluation Committee!
According to the minutes made in the documents, it is Susitha Senaratne himself who has appointed the TEC for the evaluation of this large project. The appointment of the TEC is the duty of the Chairperson of the Procurement Committee. Hence Susitha Senaratne is in gross violation of the law in going beyond his mandate to facilitate the selection of his wife Ancy Senaratne’s company as the service provider.
The Government Auditors report claims that the time table for the evaluation was not followed. It is also revealed that the technical specifications that were developed without the TEC were tailor made to ensure the selection of Ancy Senaratne’s company. The members of the TEC were limited by the already approved specifications approved by the Procurement Committee.
Fraudulent Opening Of Tenders
The Government Auditor has further proclaimed that the opening of the tenders also occurred in a fraudulent manner. There is no evidence that a Tender Opening Meeting was conducted. There is no evidence that the tender documents of the competitive bidders were even forwarded to the TEC. The documents were manipulated by the time the tender file was prepared.
Due to the manipulation of the appointment of members to the TEC by Susitha Senaratne he has ensured that no member with the technical capability was appointed. He appendaged Nuwan Dehigaspitiya in to the TEC to ensure that the TEC will be dominated by his “professional opinion”. The TEC members have not been able to fully evaluate the insufficient documents at this evaluation. These tender documents were sent to Dehigaspitiya’s home via the secretary of the director Anjana Senadanayake without the knowledge of the TEC members, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns. Colombo Telegraph on numerous occasion has revealed that Senadanayake is instrumental in the fraudulent activities and mediation of bribery and corruption between Susitha Senaratne and service suppliers to SJGH.
Ancy Senaratne’s Company Is A Phantom Company!
One of the most serious revelations made in the Government Auditor’s report is that an inquiry carried out by the Government Auditors has revealed that Ancy Senaratne’s company is nonexistent. The visiting of the address revealed that such a building or place does not exist in reality and the telephone numbers given were also proven to be fraudulent.
Therefore it is clear that the fake director of SJGH Susitha Senaratne and Ancy Senaratne have committed a mega financial fraud. Susitha Senaratne, political stooge of Rajitha Senaratne has been occupying the office of director SJGH with the help of Athula Kahandaliyanage’s administrative corruption since 2015. He has no qualification whatsoever to hold this post. The Court of Appeal has suspended Susitha Senaratne from sitting at the meetings of the Board of Directors. However, amidst serious allegations of financial and administrative corruption Rajitha Senaratne has protected Susitha Senaratne and is said to have re-appointed Kahandaliyanage for the purpose of protecting the fake director to the end.
On the 11th of January, Susitha Senaratne hosted a liquor drenched gala attended by just 10 Specialists out of 45 and office bearers of the SJGH GOMA branch who are servile to Susitha Senaratne. A large number of nurses, nursing sisters and the four matrons namely Anodani Saputanthri, Kala Karunarathne, Vishakha Weerasinghe, and Samitha Senanayake were seen eating, drinking alcohol, dancing and merrymaking at this event. At this party, employees were planted to intensely lobby with the minister and sing praise of Senaratne to appoint him as Chairman, displacing Kahandaliyange.