By Colombo Telegraph –
“The Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption has started an inquiry into the assets acquired by Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake whilst a foreign travel ban has been imposed at its request on her husband Pradeepa Kariyawasam, who was the former Chairman of the National Savings Bank (NSB).” The Sunday Times reports.
“We have received a complaint against the Chief Justice about accumulation of assets. We are investigating the complaint. It has been sent under a name and therefore like any other complaint we receive we are investigating the allegations,” Commission Chairman Jagath Balapatabendi told the Sunday Times. He declined to name the complainant or elaborate.
According to the newspaper, a Commission official said she would be issued a “show cause notice” and further inquiries would proceed only thereafter. One of the charges is “not declaring in the annual declaration of assets and liabilities that should be submitted by a judicial officer the details of more than twenty bank accounts maintained in various banks including nine accounts” in the National Development Bank (NDB), The Sunday Times said.
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