28 October, 2020

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Sirisena Vetoes Rajitha’s Cabinet Paper On Corruption Probes

A joint Cabinet paper submitted by Rajitha Senaratne, Champika Ranawaka, Arjuna Ranatunge and Sarath Fonseka, seeking the progress over corruption investigations was vetoed this morning by President Maithripala Sirisena, who informed minsters that the Cabinet meeting was ‘not the place’ to discuss such issues.

President Sirisena

President Sirisena

Senaratne’s cabinet paper comes amidst increasing exasperation by both the public and civil organisations, who have alleged that the government is soft peddling corruption investigations.

Highly placed sources said that Sirisena had however assured to give Senaratne and other concerned ministers a ‘separate meeting’ if they wished to discuss the progress of the investigations of bribery and corruption carried out under the previous regime of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The vetoed Cabinet paper comes, less than 24 hours after the Anti-Corruption Front accused the government of failing to take action against those involved in bribery and corruption, while also accusing the AG’s Department of inefficiency, despite the Financial Crimes Investigations Division completing many investigations, and have submitted the necessary information to the Department to file action.

In a total of 38 cases handed over by FCID to the AG’s department for further action, Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa and his wife, Shashi are alleged to be involved in a bribery and corruption case for the sum of Rs. 306 million, while former Minister Basil Rajapaksa is alleged to be involved in a case to the amount of Rs. 2990 million. Former Governor to the Central Bank, Ajith Nivard Cabraal is also alleged to be involved in another case to the tune of Rs. 200 and 700 million, where former Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera has also being named. In another case, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is alleged to have being involved in a case amounting to Rs. 600 million.

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  • 13
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    See see…who is bringing in the anti corruption cabinet paper? ….Rajitha the ships/Fish/drugs hora…Arjuna the Port hora…. Pa.Cha. Ranawaka …the Panama Hora and Wel widane Sarath Fonseka who pcoketed Presidential campaign money……..Here are the angels crying foul for not speeding up anti corruption.
    Sirisena must have laughed his guts out!

  • 17
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    We had the best working corrupted governing system under MR, Now we have a non working governing system under this yaha palana suckers!

  • 12
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    Every politician who come to the top are great corrupt., What is happening now the Top is looking at the party not the public who brought him to this position. It is shame on us the public to judge such people are running good governance.

  • 6
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    The corrupt people are being saved by the president…..This happens only in a banana republic like Sri Lanka. The reason is that all the politicians are corrupt and it is in different percentages. The public hear only about the high percentage fraudsters (LOKA HORU).

  • 2
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    Dear My3 if it is not the parliament right place to discuss, where is the right place you suggest? 6 feet under the ground or darkroom with MARA?

  • 5
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    THis man hoodwinked us left,right and centre.He has forgotten all the promises he made before being elected as the President. Now he only wants to re estblish his party and strengthen it,. He has forgotten that it was the UNP vote that brought him to power.

  • 1
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    This country has been so much and for long entrenched in corruption, misadministration, unaccountability and lethargy. It is now part and partial of the Sri Lankan culture. If we make an attempt to correct it, the country will certainly collapse, because corruption is our livelihood and stopping such practices will deny people their chief source of income.

  • 0
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    Well done Mr.President. I do not understand what SF is doing with the other three corrupt fraudsters. Take my advice for the last time, General,” Asewa nacha Baalaanam” & “Dammo Hawe Rakkhthi Dammacahaaree”.
    Metta!

  • 0
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    Blood is thicker than water. Yes, he wants to strengthen the SLFP and also cover up corruption in his family.

  • 0
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    Arjuna talking about corruption? Why did he appoint his brother…..Pot calling kettle black.

  • 0
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    You cannot get rich in politics unless you are a crook – Harry S Truman

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