Spokesperson for the Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) and a key figure in President Maithripala Sirisena’s election campaign, democracy and good governance advocate Dr Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri said that it was unethical for J.C. Weliamuna to accept money for conducting investigations into corruption allegations at Sri Lankan Airlines.
Dewasiri, speaking to Colombo Telegraph, while conceding that he was unaware that Weliamuna was the Chiarperson of Transparency International Sri Lanka, said that as a strong critic of the previous regime it is unethical or him (Weliamuna) to accept a fee for his role in this investigation.
The first government-commissioned inquiry into the previous government’s corruption and malpractices, the Weliamuna inquiry has cost taxpayers Rs 3.5 million.
Weliamuna is yet to respond to questions put to him by Colombo Telegraph regarding amounts and the breakdown of services for which money was paid.
Dewasiri’s contention is that if the issue was about exposing corruption and other wrongdoing, it is unethical for an activist to profit from such an exercise.