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BASL takes Bribery Commission to task

2013 Aug 01

By Umesh Moramudali


The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday raised concerns about the steps taken by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) to file legal actions against impeached Chief Justice, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.



BASL President, Upul Jayasuriya, told Ceylon Today that Dr. Bandaranayake was charged for not declaring information about a bank account that has a zero balance.

"Anyone knows that a bank account with zero balance is not an asset," he stressed.



Jayasuriya charged that although CIABOC is so keen to take legal action against the former chief justice, no action had been taken against MPs who had not disclosed their assets, who are therefore liable to be charged under the same allegations. "In the recent past, complaints were lodged with CIABOC against the Governor of Central Bank regarding incurring millions of losses to the government. A minister was alleged to be in possession of Rs 400 million in his bank account. We don't know whether even an inquiry was conducted regarding those allegations," he said.



He also said the BASL is to decide the course of action they can take against this unfair move by CIABOC, at their next Executive Committee meeting, which is to be held early next week.

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