Preferential treatment meted out by former IGP Mahinda Balasuriya to certain politicians has resulted in the country losing at least Rs. 30 million.
This came to light during an inquiry carried out by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) which is investigating as to why Balasuriya provided armed police security for members of Wimal Weerawansa’s National Freedom Front (NFF) who were not even MPs.
During the inquiry, the Commission demanded to know on what grounds he provided members of the NFF police officers under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term as President. These member were provided with at least 15 armed policemen from 2010 to 2015.
Most of the politicians who were provided with armed police protection were not MPs, therefore they were not entitled for police protection. According to the Commission, due to this preferential treatment by Balasuriya, the government had incurred a loss of Rs. 30 million.