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Commissions on SriLankan, Mihin: President signs gazette

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President Maithripala Sirisena today signed the gazette notification to institute a five-member Presidential Commission to inquire into allegations of fraud that taken place in SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering (Pvt.) Limited and the Mihin Lanka Airlines from January 1, 2006 to January 31, 2018.

"The gazette will be issued tonight," he said while speaking at a meeting in Hettipola today.

Retired Supreme Court Judge Anil Gunarathne, Appeal Court Judge Gamini Rohan Amarasekara, retired High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe, former Deputy Auditor General Mallawaarachchige Don Anthony Harold and Director General of the Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board Wasantha Jayaseeli Kapugama have been appointed as members of the commission, according to the President's Media Division.

The investment by the General Treasury, Bank of Ceylon, People's Bank and any other financial sources in SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka Airlines, termination of the agreement between SriLankan and Emirates Airlines and recruitment, promotions, transfers, retirement and appointment of Directors, Chief Executives, Chairmen and senior management of these three institutions were among the 10 point term of reference of the Commission.

President Sirisena addressing the Hettipola gathering further said that those who were involved in large scale frauds would be exposed and it would not be possible for them to escape.

“I am taking this course of actions for the sake of the country and people should be prepared for a new culture of politics by bring an end to the corrupt political environment,” the President said.

He said by appointing the commission, the procedure to punish corrupt politicians was begun after the government of the late Prime Minister Bandaranaike and he would pursue his policy to to save the country from fraud.

“There were extremely corrupt ministers in the last government but no action were taken against them by the then government,” he said.

“But as a leader who is aware of the people's sufferings and pains and as one who understand living standards of poor people I will ensure my promises fulfilled in punishing those involved in defrauding peoples’ money and I will leave office after punishing thieves and enacting the necessary laws to punish those who plunder the wealth of the people,” he said.

  Comments - 29

  • Edwin Friday, 02 February 2018 08:05 PM

    Why did he wait till the election time? The very hurry shows that it is motivated.

    Nalla Thambi Friday, 02 February 2018 09:50 PM

    Because he expected Kabir Hashim and his boss to do their job first

    Sincere Friday, 02 February 2018 10:31 PM

    As Ravi said, things politicians say and do during election times must not be taken too seriously, but with a pinch of salt!

    Sam Silva Friday, 02 February 2018 08:09 PM

    President Sirisena was elected to bring the corrupt to jail. Three years has gone. Not a single conviction. We heard the Bribery Commission over 20 years have prosecuted 10 cases.These are vague promises for the election.

    Docuk Friday, 02 February 2018 08:13 PM

    Sir, your own man is the crook in the current UL board. He has to go he and his father made too much money at every turn of the airline since 1998. We the poor workers are totally disgusted with you!

    Mudson Silva Friday, 02 February 2018 08:23 PM

    This comic commission is getting sick . Sillysena is using the comic commission as his political tool

    Summa Friday, 02 February 2018 08:26 PM

    Sir, Your BATTLE AGAINST CORRUPTION is very much appreciated.

    karthik Friday, 02 February 2018 08:40 PM

    President Sir appointing commissions is the easiest job but what people need today is the actions taken on reports given by various commissions.

    G.M. Jayawardena Friday, 02 February 2018 09:52 PM

    Another effort to tarnish the bond scam.....

    Nalla Thambi Friday, 02 February 2018 09:53 PM

    Former regime leader and the family gang is getting cornered. You may run now but there is no place to hide.

    Park Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:38 AM

    Did this commission have the same mandate and powers like the Bond Commission or a watered down mandate?

    Buddhist Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:49 AM

    Does this commission have the same teeth as the Bond Commission or watered down powers like the PRECIFAC commission?

    Leel Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:12 AM

    Appointing commision without power to punish them is another waste of money. Whatever it is, if it is given proper athority to investigate not only the past but to the present, then Bond Ravi's dealings with it managment will expose.

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:05 AM

    Better late than never

    sathees Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:12 AM

    As RW trusted RK, MS trusted RW to do the job. Now, as MS sees RW doing just the opposite, MS sprung into action. Better late than never!

    S.M. suhaib Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:05 PM

    It's a election magic. We as voters are foolish enough to believe it. Three golden years passed without a single punishment executed even a simple case of holding two passports not yetpunished. If it is an ordinary citizen?????

    Leo Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:17 PM

    How can you look into people's sufferings and punishing the corrupt when you are mostly globe trotting.

    chandra Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:38 PM

    shouting to Voters for Votes only.

    H. Perlee Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:05 PM

    And this Government has no corrupt politicians? Please, don't make me laugh.

    AM Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:32 PM

    Once the Local Government Elections are over, all these will be history

    Sarath Saturday, 03 February 2018 03:07 PM

    “There were extremely corrupt ministers in the last government but no action were taken against them by the then government,” he said.You were part of the MR cabinet and did nothing!!!Also... Why not a commission to see how 3 billion worth spectrum was given to MTV for toffees... by you!!!

    Positive Saturday, 03 February 2018 05:30 PM

    I think this is a good move, let wrong things be exposed and find who the culprits are. We as Sri Lankans need some proper thinking to allow the law or system to investigate, find,ask the courts to examine and if guilty to privde whatever sentences. We simply cant expect jungle style courts or decsions as everyone has to respect the law of a country. People seem to forget the white van days! so let such proper investigations take palce and then punish anyone guilty found by the law.

    elroy mendis Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:16 PM

    why now you are olso in same boat.

    Ceylon Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:16 PM

    Why not appoint a commision to ivestigate about you?.you stoped investigating/punishing rajapaksa corruptions worth billions of dollers.

    raj Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:25 PM

    Corruption exist in developing countries and it is very intense than developed countries. Tell me a country that is not corrupted highly among developed countries. This corruption exists at family level, village level, city level, and country wide. Until corruption is eliminated, countries cannot develop. Dowry is another type of corruption.

    Bala Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:41 PM

    I can take a bet that this commission will sit for two years at least because the mandate given is so vast that looking into that will be very tedious. But best part is Sajin's brother Manoj is still a top executive at Sri Lankan airways. Good for the nedia to report commission proceedings over two years.

    GH Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:01 PM

    Punishment for yourself by your own PC inquiry, good move!

    kumudu Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:07 AM

    As advice by law makers first take Ravi to prison. Then we can trust implementing other.

    Martin Milton Sunday, 04 February 2018 11:36 PM

    Excellent move. At the first instance the grossly excessive salaries paid the CEO and the like need to be pruned down to a reasonable and moral level The living standards of the poor people would then be lifted gradually if so much money is not spent on so few. How these people can go on in this utterly disgraceful manner drawing massive salaries while what they are supposed to be doing is slowly going down the proverbial 'plug hole' is something the Sri Lankan people need to have addressed. All these 'high flying' executives need to be asked to return the total amount of money paid to them by the Government - if possible, as it is clear they have apparently neglected their duties. MM


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