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D.P.A. Jayasinghe Building - Lease signed sans AG’s approval: PM’s Secy

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Prime Minister's Secretary Saman Ekanayake testifying at the Presidential Commission today said the lease agreement with D.P.A. Jayasinghe & Company to rent out a building for the Agricultural Ministry in 2016 was signed without the Attorney General's approval.

He said if the Agricultural Ministry had sought the AG's approval there would have not been any loopholes in the agreement but the ministry would have not been able to obtain the approval of the AG in any case because of an ongoing partition title case on the particular land.

However, on an earlier date former Agricultural Minister, Duminda Dissanayake said the lease agreement was signed with the AG's approval and if necessary could submit the approval document to the Commission.

The Agricultural Ministry had rented out this building after vacating its previous 'Govijana Mandiraya' in Battaramulla because the government had wanted the premises to locate the Parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committees.

Mr. Ekanayake said the inefficiency of Agricultural Ministry officials had led to the payment of this massive rent even when it was left unoccupied for a year.

He said the selection committee had only checked the space available to locate the Ministry and was unaware as to what transpired thereafter.

Sri Jayawardenapura Municipal Council Mayor Madura Vithanage also testified before the Commission and said he would launch an investigation into how permission was granted to construct the building because of the ongoing partition title case. (Yoshitha Perera)

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  • Borat Friday, 06 September 2019 09:20 PM

    Punish all those involved. Teach them a good lesson to set an example to others for a lifetime

    Leelananda Pilanawithana Saturday, 07 September 2019 05:28 PM

    The Ranil will be the first culprit to punish. Because the owner is a UNP man.

    LP Saturday, 07 September 2019 05:28 PM

    This is a very good case study for the future politicians to learn how to rob taxpayers wealth without getting punished

    DJ Friday, 06 September 2019 10:01 PM

    What a joke and all will get away from justice despite the probe commission

    Nimal Friday, 06 September 2019 10:35 PM

    Sure, they will find the right scapegoat soon!


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