J. C. Weliamuna, one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent good governence activists, the former Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka is yet to reveal the amount of money he received as the head of first government-commissioned inquiry into the previous government’s corruption and malpractices.
The Aviation Minister’s ordered probe into the Sri Lankan Airlines costs Rs 3.5 million.
Two days ago Weliamuna speaking to Colombo Telegraph confirmed that he along with his team comprising of senior lawyers U.H. Palihakkara, B.A.W. Abeywardane and M.K. Bandara were paid Rs 3.5 million including all costs for the six week long investigation.
At that time Colombo Telegraph did request for a breakdown from Lawyer Weliamuna but he was not in a position to do so. A subsequent email was sent to him seeking this information. Weliamuna did not respond yet. Yesterday we have again asked him to reveal at least the amount he received as his fee, he has not responded to-date.
“There ought to be transparency on both the framework set for the inquiry and the basis for charging – the danger is this ends with those involved profiteering without [the public gaining] adequate benefits”, a Finance Ministry official told Colombo Telegraph on the condition of anonymity.
The final ‘Weliamuna Report’ report was submitted to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the 31st March 2015 and recommended criminal investigations into the entire re-fleeting process and had noted instances where former chairman Wickramasinghe, a brother-in-law of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and airlines’ CEO, Kapila Chandrasena, should be prosecuted.