Some powerful persons in the government were preventing laws being enacted to take legal action against those who had failed to submit their asset declarations, MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said today.
He told a news conference that amendments to the existing laws to enable legal action against those had failed to do so had been approved by the Cabinet some one and half years ago.
“The laws introduced during the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Government in 1972 are outdated now. The laws had excluded some officials and people's representatives such as provincial councillors, governors, ambassadors and even the President. I proposed some amendments to include them as well. But the government did not agree,” the MP said.
He said Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala presented an amended act in parliament with regard to the matter about one and half years ago and added that he had also made some proposals which were approved by the Cabinet.
“Only a fine of Rs.1,000 can be imposed if found guilty of not submitting their asset declarations under the old laws. We proposed amendments to increase it to Rs.100,000, but some powerful persons are preventing the new act being put into law," the MP said.
He said he had submitted his asset declarations from 1997 but most of the MPs had failed to do so. (Ajith Siriwardana)
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Comments - 7
Raja Senanayake Thursday, 12 September 2019 07:27 PM
Let us at least impose the present punishment. Wy is no action initiated by those responsible
RMB Senanayake Retd CCS
Chandana Kusumsiri Thursday, 12 September 2019 07:31 PM
Your behavior is similar to former CJ Sarath N Silva. People have no regards for these type of individuals.
Rohantha Thursday, 12 September 2019 07:40 PM
When you rob , Millions
Anmanpan Thursday, 12 September 2019 07:47 PM
Who knows better!
gotaBAYA Thursday, 12 September 2019 08:34 PM
BLOCKING LAWS . DEALdasa you are the one as Justice minister openly stated in parliment that you will never let gotaBAYA to be arrested while you were Justice minister .
Shermil Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:39 PM
like what ?taking action against the members of the royal family ? oh wait ,it was you who did it when you were the minister of Justice
Sarath Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:21 PM
You are the most corrupt and most rotten
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