The Public Service Commission said today that Anusha Palpita, who was appointed as the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs, should be suspended with immediate effect.
Incidentally the announcement comes, despite Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena claiming that Palpita was appointed to the ministry by the Public Service Commission and the Sri Lanka Administrative Service Division after he requested that steps be taken to fill in several existing vacancies at his ministry.
Palpita, the ex-Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRC) is embroiled in corruption charges, and is currently out on bail over the misuse of funds at the TRC amounting to Rs. 620 million which was allegedly used in former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidential election campaign.
Soon after his appointment to the Home Affairs Ministry, Abeywardena defended Palpita saying that ‘everybody is innocent, until proven guilty.’
“At this rate, all ministry secretaries must be guilty then. Even everyone who worked for Basil Rajapaksa has been produced in courts, but that doesn’t mean they are guilty. Yes, there are charges against him (Palpita), but nothing has been proven,” Abeywardena told the Colombo Telegraph on May 25.