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By T. Farook Thajudeen


The Director General of the Bribery Commission complained to the Colombo Chief Magistrate that the Principal of Ananda College, Colombo had committed corruption while admitting students to grade one in the year 2005.

The Director General Lukshmy Menaka  Chitra Jayawickrama of the Commission to Investigate into Allegations of Bribery  or Corruption filing a report before the  Chief Magistrate Ms. Champa Janaki Rajaratna complained  that the Principal, Bulugahamulla Arambagedera Abeyratne of Anada College, Colombo being  the  Chairman of the  School Admission Board in the year 2004  had  cut off the name of the son of Sarath Walgama  from the selected list of admissions for year 2005 .

Mr Sarath Walgama who was a  resident and the chief occupant of a premises at Temple Road, Maradana. The premises  is  adjacent to Anadana  College and the complainant  Sarath Walgama   had applied to enroll his son to  grade one at Ananda College in the year 2005 under the category of chief occupant.

However the Principal well knowing that an irreparable loss would caused to the child if his name was cut off from the selected list had wantonly and willfully in malicious intentions had cut off the name from the list.

In the meantime the Principal in the process of admitting children to grade one in year 2005 well knowing that  K.G. Cyril Ananda was not a resident in the area had fraudulently had  entered  his name into the list by the Principal on  forged  public documents.

The commission also submitted that the   Principal had also forged documents to another person named  K.G. Gunaseeli of Gonawela, Kelaniya to premises no 27/ 16, Temple Road, Colombo  fraudulently in order to  prove her residency in the area.

The commission submitted that offences are committed under section 70 of the Bribery Commission Act and to notice the principal to appear before court to inquire the complaint. The court fixed the inquiry for June 26. 

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  • Wednesday, 05 May 2010 05:44 AM

    Trinity is a prestigious private institute which depends solely on fees and donations. So get your facts correct before making silly comments, Please.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 03:15 PM

    the principal must sent on jail to be a good lesson to others. 57 members of parliment lost their seats must face on corruption the bribery dept and AG dept must take action

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 03:23 PM

    WHAT A SHAME.CHILDREN WHO STUDDY UNDER THIS KIND OF TEACHERS ARE FILLING THE JAILS.HE IS SHAME TO ANANDA,SHAME TO OTHER DEACHERS AND SHAME TO ANANDA STUDENTS.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 08:34 AM

    everywhere is filled with corruption in SL if this corruption is stopped forever then we could see a better development in Sri Lanka.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 08:35 AM

    Christian schools are not corruptible, no? The trouble with Buddhists is they are so corrupt.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 04:31 PM

    Could they be the only school principal/staff in the island who did this?

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 06:27 AM

    First, Check why there are so many school vans transporting children from far away into the city schools. Obviously, not only Ananda principal is corrupt - but the principals of all Colombo schools are corrupt.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 07:12 PM

    'Poor' principal - is he the only one taking bribes in Sri Lanka?

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 07:15 PM

    There is more to this case than what meets the eye!

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 07:40 PM

    Corruption flows from the top ...

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 09:16 PM

    Why did this case take as long as five years, to arrive in the courts? Anyway, 'better late than never'!

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 09:28 PM

    There may well be many others. Yet, it is essential that we make a start in dealing with these types of corrupt and vicious practices. It might just make people think twice, before resorting to wrong-doing.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:30 PM

    This is part of an international conspiracy to discredit the Sinhala Buddhist interests. We know Ananda is a leading Buddhist school. Why only investigate allegations against this principal? Are there no other bribe takers in the education sector, especially above principal level?

    HANDS OFF BUDDHIST SCHOOLS - AND THEIR PRINCIPALS!

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 12:43 AM

    Nothing new here. Only parents looking to educate their children know the plight at admission time.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 12:48 AM

    This will teach the others a good lesson too. Be careful next time It may be you.
    -Sam

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 12:00 PM

    A Principal without principles!

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 02:25 AM

    This has been common practice and it is a cartel that works.
    There were instances where applications were put aside and even letters calling for appeal interviews were not being posted.
    Admissions were only for those who formed circles around !!
    This started long before 2005

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 02:27 AM

    Obviously, what can you expect from a society that studies under these types of principals and teachers..... This is just one case, no wonder we as a society are going down the drain

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 02:31 AM

    This one is not the only one and not the last one too..
    now srilanka is currpted with currupted politicians and the politizising the education and everything...
    we have to expect more and more of those things in the future....
    "suba anagathayak"

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 02:41 AM

    start from the top not from the bottom. What about all the bribes the police take? When was that ever investigated? How about the politicans ? What about the custom officials?
    Bribery Commission seems to have a sweet spot for only school principals not the Bribery and Corruption that is prevelent openly within the Govenrnment and the Police.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 12:18 PM

    Why only this Principal and why these few students? Ask them to check 99% of the students admission were made on papers made at Ananda Mawatha lane..even no such population registered. All the big shots are registered namely..

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 02:47 AM

    It is necessary to reveal the names of big culprits those who wanted to keep this corrupted principal re-instated once he was charged earlier.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 03:13 AM

    When this case was brought up 5 years ago, many people protested publicly saying it was an 'international conspiracy' to undermine a Buddhist institute. So unfortunately the investigation was stopped. Buddhist institutions would be better off with true Buddhists, not rouges running them. This applies to all other institutes as well.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 03:18 AM

    This is only the tip of the iceburg. Contribution for the building fund is the name of the game. If this is true these schools should be bigger than world trade center. Trinity college 200,000, St Anthony's 150,000 another So the time is right to go after rich principals.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 12:38 PM

    What a bout The Principal at Sirimava Bandaranayake School colombo. She is the number one culprit .

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 03:33 AM

    Education is the most corrupt sector in Sri Lana. Even though he's from a prestigious school, he's just a small fish in this murky pond. All principals take bribes. It's high time they clean up this mess.

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 04:23 AM

    Even the past students are the same!

    Wednesday, 05 May 2010 04:33 AM

    I agree with James. But the crime of forging documents to enrole 5 year olds to school is a great crime simply because this puts dishonesty and the seeds of corruption right in to the innocent childs head by asking the child to balantly lie in the schhol interviews. Who cannot say this seed will not grow forever hence corrupting society more. It's a crime against the child and society!

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 01:29 PM

    This is only a hurulla Bribery commission must catch whales and sharks only then we can say it is doing the job.


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