Some 43 files on which investigations had been completed by the FCID, the Bribery Commission and the CID on various crimes have been forwarded to the AG’s Department some two years ago and they are gathering dust.,Cabinet spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today.
Dr. Senaratne expressed his disappointment and disapproval on what he called a ‘go slow’ policy by the Attorney General’s Department on cases against politicians and top officials of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime and a quick and no hold barred attitude to file involving charges against Yahapalana politicians.
Minister Senaratne told the weekly cabinet news briefing held in Parliament today that the entire country and the government expected the AG’s department to show the same efficiency, haste and speed to file charges against ministers and officials who robbed the country and committed various crimes including murders and embezzlement of billions of rupees of public money and added sadly this was not happening.
“I think a probe on the performance of the AG’s Department is also a necessity. I am aware that the some 83 files on which investigations have been completed on various crimes by the FCID, the Bribery Commission and the CID have been forwarded to the AG’d Department some two years ago and gathering dust. No charges have been filed against any of these crimes. Don’t forget that this is the department that took months if not years to identify the signature of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa,” Minister Senaratne said sarcastically.
He said the AG’s Department took only a few days to inquire the alleged abduction case against Colombo District UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra and a complaint against his son Gampaha District Parliamentarian Chatura Senaratne and added the AG’s Department probed these two complaints in an unusual swiftness.
Minister Senaratne accused that a lady state counsel even allegedly instructed to expedite the inquiry against Mr. Senaratne.
Minister Senaratne also expressed reservations on the ongoing probes by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the bond scam and said it was appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena for a specific investigation but now it has ventured into probing non relevant or unnecessary matters such as leasing out of apartments to Ministers that has made the main issue complex and confused.
“Have you ever heard cabinet Ministers are brought before commissions of inquiry and questioned by state counsel before in the same way how Minister Karunanayaka was cross examined by the Additional Solicitor General very aggressively before the PCoI? Under the Rajapaksa regime a state counsel was not permitted even to open a file against a government minister of official. This is the difference the Yahapalana government has introduced,” he added.
Minister Senaratne said the PCoI has made a request to extend its term of inquiry by another 3 months and questioned as to whether it was to probe the bond issue or any other matters and added the task of the PCoI was not to provide sensational news to the media.(Sandun A Jayasekera)
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raveendra Thursday, 10 August 2017 09:23 PM
" Some 43 files on which investigations had been completed ". Does it mean that your files also included to those 43 files ????
sathees Thursday, 10 August 2017 09:38 PM
I, as a citizen of Sri Lanka, fedup with you guys. Day in and day out there are only news of you guys corruption and nothing else.
DING DONG. Friday, 11 August 2017 08:52 AM
THE AG MUST FOLLOW THE SAME PROCEDURE IN CASE OF OTHER CULPRITS WHO ROBBED THE COUNTRYS WEALTH. via DM Android App
Rizna Friday, 11 August 2017 09:05 AM
Who are you complaining to ?. We , the people appointed you all to get work done through these institutions/people.
Dr. A.C.B. Jayaweera Friday, 11 August 2017 09:47 AM
You are correct Mr. Minister. Please bring this to the notice of the President
S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Friday, 11 August 2017 09:49 AM
AG's office consists of MR's rotter staff, first of all sack them and go for action and trap the previous regimes culprits.
Lion Viswanathan Friday, 11 August 2017 09:59 AM
After Ravi's prompt action, setting an example - The Govt. should next jump forward to arrest all JO culprits who played out in billions including MR's family members.
TJ Friday, 11 August 2017 10:03 AM
The president or the PM can force the AG's department to expedite dust gathered files.Their reluctance to intervene raises serious doubts in the minds of the public
Navin Friday, 11 August 2017 10:22 AM
Including yours Dental? You are a bigger rogue than RK
Good Citizen Friday, 11 August 2017 04:12 PM
What about your appachchi?
Sahan Welivitiya Friday, 11 August 2017 07:58 PM
Good citizen, Could you please talk sensibly... if appachi have done something wrong he should be punished..... if you have any evidence you should go to the FCID and reveal them... we had enough of Rajitha's bull shit talk... he is saying Namsl got $18 billion dollars... Sri Lanka didn't even got 18 billion dollars investments for last 10 years!!!!
Vijith Pieterz Friday, 11 August 2017 11:15 AM
Doctor, our President
K. Kenady Friday, 11 August 2017 11:17 AM
You better take the leadership to polish off AG's Office and take appropriate action against all the culprits of the previous regime.
ceylon Friday, 11 August 2017 11:30 AM
present government under sirisenaranilwijedasa are loyal employees of mahinda gota and basil.its very clearly still mahinda is president. via DM Android App
rew Friday, 11 August 2017 01:14 PM
Ranil is their cook
ceylon Friday, 11 August 2017 01:03 PM
dr senarathna now time running out.next election you also loose your sest.organise the unp group to sak ranilwijedasa and highly corrupt sirisena.peooke honour you. via DM Android App
Ajith Friday, 11 August 2017 03:04 PM
Bring on the no confidence motion against the justice minister.
DING DONG. Friday, 11 August 2017 05:43 PM
AS FAR AS MRS S &GOTHAS PROXY HOLDER HANDLE THE MINISTRY NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST THEM. THE FILES WILL LIE AS THEY ARE TILL THE PARLIAMENT IS DIS SOLVE D. via DM Android App
Ganesh Friday, 11 August 2017 05:51 PM
Why can not be the rogue UNP ministers chased away by President and PM ? Why is the tug of war for what the hide and seek ? Is Wijedasa Rajapakesa who crossed over to UNP a big influential person for the fear of Ranil though the man rouses racism among minorities ?
Mason Friday, 11 August 2017 07:21 PM
Why are you crying and complaining Mr Minister, against the AG's department. The President and the Cabinet have the necessary authority to take action. So why not use it. If I remember, the President quite recently said that he needs only THREE MONTHS to get the culprits to courts, or something to similar effect.Please go ahead and get moving, instead of blaming others.
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