Colombo Telegraph

Director General Of Bribery Commission Quits, Following Sirisena Attack

Just days after President Maithripala Sirisena launched a scathing attack against the Bribery Commission, FCID and CID, Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe today handed over her letter of resignation to President Maithripala Sirisena.

Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe

The decision comes just days after Sirisena accused the Commission, FCID and CID of working in accordance to political agendas.

Addressing an event last week at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Sirisena said that he had informed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the Cabinet of Ministers at a special meeting that ‘if the CID, FCID and the Bribery Commission act according to a political agendas’ then he would be compelled to take some tough decisions.

“I have not spoken about these things before, but I have been forced to do so and if necessary even take action,” he said.

Sirisena’s outburst however drew criticism from across quarters with even civil society organizations and political parties highlighting that Sirisena had forgotten his original pledge of taking action against corrupt officials during the run up to the Presidential Election in January last year.

Civil Society organisations which played a key role in electing President Sirisena in January 2015, have strongly condemned his high pitched speech at the ‘Sathviru Sanhinda’ programme held at the Sri Lanka Foundation on Wednesday the 12th October 2016.

The organisations, Purawesi Balaya and the National Movement for a Just Society last week reminded Sirisena of his election manifesto and urged the allegation leveled at the Bribery Commission to be withdrawn. This is besides requesting him to end the intimidation of other investigative bodies.

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