The Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe‘s corruption has been reported to the President by public interest litigation activist and lawyer Nagananda Kodituwakku.
This complaint is based on the alleged failure on the part of the DG to initiate a credible and independent inquiry.
The activist’s complaint to the President is backed by credible evidence about the patent abuse of this tax-free car permit scheme by the MPs.
The complaint made to President Sirisena is also backed by a schedule of Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps imported without payment of levy and the schedule of vehicles transferred to third parties on the same day the said vehicles were registered in the name of the permit holder MPs.
According to the RMV certificate of transfer of the permit to new ownership, the names of the MPs who have abused the tax-free car permits to defraud government revenue of Rs 33,459,250 for each Toyota Land Cruiser, for which only RS 1,750.00 paid to customs as data entry fee for each vehicle, are as follows:
H M Priyal Nishantha de Silva
Palitha Kumara Thevarapperuma
Condigamage Mohan Lal Grero
Kanchana Voditha Wijesekara
Anura Sujeewa Senasinghe
Don Thilorin Wijesekaralage Wimalaweera Disanayake
Romesh Chaminda Benthota Pathirana
Kurugamuwe Sarath Nishantha Perera
Wasantha Lakshminath Aluvihare
Wasantha Naresh Parakrama Senanayake
Tennakoon Mudiyanselage Janaka Bandara Tennekoon
Akalanka Buddika Uditha Deduwa Pathirana
Chamal Jayantha Rajapaksa
Sarath Chandrasiri Muthukumarana
Jayakody Arachchilage Sisira Kumara Jayakody
Activist Kodituwakku states that on behalf of the people he expected that the Director General of CIABOC would initiate a credible investigation into his complaint, in the same manner in which she had recently apprehended three Customs Officers who were involved in accepting a 125 million-rupee bribe, where the DG CIABOC had used treasury funds to make the detection. The activist says that if a similar strategy had been adopted to buy MP car permits freely available in the car market through some decoys employed for the purpose or to buy these vehicles freely displayed for sale in the motor car show rooms, the CIABOC could have easily nabbed at least a few corrupt MPs red handed. This would have put a stop to this abuse and prevented colossal losses of government revenue running into several billions being robbed by the corrupt MPs.
The activist states that the content of the recent media interview given by the Director General CIABOC on the complaint he had made against the DG to the Chairman of the Commission, reveals that she had perused the complaint furnished to her on the 26th of August 2016, but failed to take corrective measures promptly and decisively to arrest this fraud of public funds running into an unimaginable magnitude.
In the complaint made to the President the activist further states that he made a similar complaint about the abuse of tax-free permits by MPs and Ministers to CIABOC on the 11th of December 2014, and the then Director General refused to initiate an investigation into it citing the following reasons.
‘…The Conditions in the tax-free permits were decided as policy of the government. Therefore any loss caused to the government due to the implementation of such government policy will not fall within the scope of Section 70 of the Bribery Act. Accordingly, please note that the Commission will not take further action on your complaint.”
The activist claims that the DG’s communiqué addressed to him dated 04th March 2015, is absolutely unacceptable as no democratically elected government can abuse the trust placed in it by the people by resorting to rob the nations wealth whilst completely undermining the trust placed in it by the people. Therefore, the Corruption Commission, which is an arm of the Executive, cannot turn a blind eye to this serious fraud being committed by the members of the executive and the legislature to embezzle public funds running into several billions of rupees.