FCID a threat to public servants: JO

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The Financial Crimes Investigations Unit (FCID) has become a threat to the private sector and to public servants, the joint opposition said today.

JO MP Bandula Gunawardena said some public servants had tendered their resignation out of fear of being questioned by the FCID and urged the government to reinstate them without delay. "The people will not be able to get anything done from the State sector if these public servants leave," he said.

MP Dinesh Gunawardane said the hunting of private sector employees by the FCID was a disturbing trend and pointed out that one of those it had questioned was employed in the public sector on an honorary basis.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinge in his response said investigations would be carried out on wrongdoers. "What have these public servants done? They have been distributing state funds to the people during the Uva Provincial Council election," he said.

The Prime Minister said the public servants who had resigned could not be reinstated. "These public servants have resigned on their own and we cannot drag them back and reinstate them," he said.

Referring to the allegation made by Dinesh Gunawardane, the Prime Minister said the private sector worker which the MPs referred to was a friend of his as well. "He is my friend as well but he has been questioned on a court order. The questioning was not done on the orders of the government," he said. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 15

  • Bala Friday, 26 August 2016 02:36 PM

    Excellent reply by the PM. Only public servants who did wrong will be in trouble - as they definitely must be. Being questioned need not be a worry if no wrong done. Yes clean up the public service of the bootlickers.

    Aquarius Friday, 26 August 2016 02:49 PM

    You mean the public servants you appointed to serve their masters. No honest public servant need not be afraid of the FCID or any corruption inquiry.

    willows Friday, 26 August 2016 03:27 PM

    threat is only for crooks like you JO

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 26 August 2016 03:34 PM

    Dear Rs. 2500 tuition master.... one has to worry only if one has done something dishonest, wrong and criminal. Otherwise why should he or she worry???? Why are you worrying about the persons of this caliber?

    Dee Friday, 26 August 2016 03:35 PM

    Why should anyone fear the law if they have not done any crime?

    BandulaV Friday, 26 August 2016 03:43 PM

    You are correct this time! FCID is a threat to public servants who steal and rob public assets

    Prem Friday, 26 August 2016 03:55 PM

    None should be worried as FCID is not going to investigate why computers had been bought at a higher price to the Mahindadaya s in schools.

    BR Friday, 26 August 2016 03:59 PM


    karsha Friday, 26 August 2016 04:23 PM

    Well said. These people really really love their motherland

    dham Friday, 26 August 2016 05:03 PM

    JO (Jokers Only) treat FCID as a treat but not general public whose tax money was robbed by the name of officers . via DM Android App

    Aquarius Friday, 26 August 2016 05:22 PM

    It is the so called patriots, who were and still are, ready to empty the government (peoples money) coffers to fill their pockets.

    Park Friday, 26 August 2016 05:50 PM

    Public servants, for that matter MPs are not above the law. If a Public servant cannot accept responsibility in doing his or her job, then its better he or she resign.

    lkboy Friday, 26 August 2016 06:04 PM

    Actually the people who ordered those public servants should be punished. But that's not happening!

    Selvyn Friday, 26 August 2016 06:39 PM

    Its nothing but shame for this politically bankrupt JO to criticise FCID. Its the need of the hour to expedite the process. via DM Android App

    Mo Friday, 26 August 2016 06:52 PM

    There are some top level public servants are more corrupt than politicians. FCID will punish public servants who did wrong.

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