24 September, 2018

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Transparency International Gives Integrity Award To Accused Media Swindler

Good governance watchdog Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has given an ‘Integrity Award’ to the chairman of the ‘Ravaya’ newspaper, Victor Ivan, by way of marking the International Anti-Corruption Day.

Victr Ivan MaithripalaThe integrity recognition, also awarded posthumously to the late Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, was made at the concluding ceremony of a “Walk Against Corruption” jointly organized by TISL and the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, newly appointment after the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

“The fact that Victor Ivan who has been accused of swindling contributors to the Ravaya fund regarding which there is a complaint being looked into by the Registrar of Companies and the Fraud Bureau shows the mockery that this ‘yahapalanaya’ government is engaging in when it talks of battling corruption. The Corruption Commission should stop these useless extravagances on which state money is wasted and actually show concrete results in their corruption investigations whch it has not shown so far.” a good governance activist told Colombo Telegraph.

Colombo Telegraph learns that the Registrar of Companies is in the process of investigating allegations levelled against Ivan. The move violates a basic principle of good governance, where those accused of wrongdoing are not rewarded in any manner until such time proper investigations are concluded and they are cleared. Ivan himself wrote extensively in the Ravaya objecting to the appointment of Sarath N Silva as Chief Justice since ‘investigations into alleged wrongdoing while he (Silva) was Attorney General had not been concluded’.

The TISL website has not indicated the criteria for the award. Neither does it carry citations related to the recipients. Shan WIjetunge, Senior Manager (Advocacy) of TISL, when contacted by Colombo Telegraph, was unable to furnish the relevant information, but promised that the website would be updated on Friday.

Ivan has been accused of being complicit in a fraudulent scheme whereby contributions sought to salvage the cash-stripped Ravaya newspaper were pocketed in the name of ‘shares’. The total amount that Ivan took is Rs 5 million. The contributors were not informed about this arrangement when funds were solicited. Moreover, many complain that receipts for donations had not been issued by the collector, Ravaya Solidarity.

Colombo Telegraph reported recently that Ivan had begun paying back the monies thus taken, clearly indicating acceptance of wrongdoing.

It is reported that Ravaya newspaper to date has to pay Rs.12 million in income taxes.

Until the Presidential Election of 2005, i.e. during the reign of Chandrika Kumaratunga, every month without fail the Ravaya would get a notice from the Department of Inland Revenue, requesting payment of an outstanding amount of Rs 14 million.

When Mahinda Rajapaksa became President, he told Ivan to speak with the Commissioner of Inland Revenue. Ivan sent Lal Piyasena, the late owner of Dai Lanka, to represent him. Piyasena was told that Rs 2 million had to be paid because payment had been promised by Ravaya. The rest, Rs 12 million, was frozen. Financial Accounts of Ravaya related to the period mention this amount under Liabilities (click here to see the financial accounts).

Until 2014 Ivan was a big backer of Mahinda Rajapaksa, openly claiming that neither the ex President nor his brothers Basil and Gotabaya were corrupt.

Related posts;

Victor Ivan Pocketed Half Of Rāvaya’s Rs 10 Million Fund

Rāvaya ‘Staff-Shareholders’ Clueless About Ivan’s Rs 5 Million Heist

I Got Just Rs 1000 For My Share, Says Rāvaya Founder Director And Deputy Editor Colambage

Sajin Vass’ Restaurant Tip Same As ‘Hashish’ Ivan’s Salary

Ivan Must Return The Bucks He Took: Supporters Including 73 Year Old Pensioner Demand

Ivan’s Rs 5 Million Heist Goes To Fraud Bureau

Ranil Hits Sixers Off Full-Tosses Bowled By Fraudster

Rāvaya Backtracks, Starts Paying Back Swindled Contributors

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  • 6
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    Buddha seepage goes Berserk!

    If you can’t beat the corrupt just join them.
    Honesty and integrity are of the past world.

    Fidelity the sister of justice.

  • 6
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    What a cruel joke!!!

  • 8
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    Transparency International guy fooled Yahapalanaya govt and ripped the govt for several millions saying he would find and bring the Rajapakses’s loot.

    But, nothing happened.

    Another group of thieves who should live in Welikada.

  • 6
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    This bugger took money from Lalith Athulathmudali and worked for him until he died, then took money from CBK. What a crook. Very sad TISL

  • 5
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    Please pay the income tax first Mr Ivan!

  • 6
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    Whats wrong with TI. He has swindled the money and he is trying to pay it seems

  • 4
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    To hell with Transparency International. Besides, if Ivan has any respect to it and if he has an iota of respect himself he should have rejected the ‘award’ outright. Remember also he accused a prominent appointee for having been appointed to the post…while ‘pending charges for wrongdoings’.

  • 1
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    Did Chandrika recommended the award to TISL? Is this a Bandit King award? I am confused.

    If Ivan had made the IR’s payment direct at the office Chandrika might not have been able to let him go. Ivan have to pay direct to Chandrika. That was the share of Chandrika’s at Ravaya. Now Ivan holding her shares and shares for the people’s’ contribution too.

    What a Bandit King this guys is!

  • 1
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    Whatever said and done,the uprising of 1971 by the JVP was due to the Political/Social set-up in the country.Similarly the uprising of the LTTE.
    The youth of a country do not take upto arms for kicks!
    The only difference here was that one was Sinhala and the other Tamil.

    But,at the end of the day what we see are skeletons in the cupboard.
    Victor Ivan[Lokku Athula or Podi Athula?] survived and had a taste for the good things in Life.Even the LTTE had a good share of such survivors like KP,Karuna etc,etc.

    Che Guevera,that Revolutionary par Excellence did not sell his soul for Money.
    He had Class! After all he was the son of a prosperous Lawyer from Bolivia,and he threw up all that for a cause.

    I have read Victor Ivan-on contemporary social and Political issues.His expose of EX:CJ Sarath N.Silva was remarkable.
    Why has Victor Ivan burnt his boat?
    An integrity award may not serve as a camouflage,in the same way Vegetarians eat Cake.The Egg is camouflaged!

  • 0
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    I must hasten to add that Victor Ivan is not comparable to KP,Karuna etc.
    KP and Karuna are Hoodlums.Victor Ivan has authored books!

    • 2
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      And the point is? is HE a literate crock is that what you trying to say. And fact you must know Hitler authored books as well.

    • 2
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      Plato – comparisons are irrelevant. The fact remains (and the point is) that Ivan has been proved to be a “swindler” and doesn’t deserve even to be considered for an award for “integrity” (of all things)!

  • 0
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    Len.

    According to your logic Victor Ivan is also like Hitler?

  • 1
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    Wolf in Sheep clothing ? …. In the last article he wrote last i commented that he is a fake crusader and was trashed in the forum…..all this fellow does is he goes after his former employers and collects money by exposing the loopholes . case in point is Cornel Perera who employed when him was in control of Hilton and later Nihal screwed cornel Perera and got a tidy chunk of Hilton Shares and creamed HDL the holding company of Hilton for his living.

    Must be put in Jail/…

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