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CIABOC DG cleared

2015 May 27

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe has been cleared of accusations pertaining to receiving two salaries simultaneously from the Attorney General’s Department and the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) of Sri Lanka.

The allegation made by four UPFA members of parliament in the wake of Wickramasinghe directing the CIABOC to record a statement from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the then UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake receiving health portfolio in the run-up to the January 8 presidential poll.

The CIABOC Commissioners, retired Supreme Court Justice Jagath Balapatabendi, retired Appeals Court Justice L.K. Wimalachandra and Dr. J. Wickramaratne cleared the DG following an investigation carried out on her request.

During the investigation, the CIABOC was told that Wickramasinghe in her capacity as the Senior State Counsel and then Deputy Solicitor General had received an allowance of Rs. 15,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively for the services provided to the TRCSL. The CIABOC was also told that she had been nominated for the task by the then Attorney General, the late K.C. Kamalasabayson, PC, and her allowance approved in accordance with the establishment code.

Authoritative sources told The Island that Kamalasabayson had stipulated in a letter dated July 2, 2003 to the then Justice Ministry Secretary Mrs Dhara Wijetilake that Mrs. Wickramasinghe receive Rs. 15,000 monthly allowance, whereas State Counsel Sumathi Dharmawardane, Susantha Balapatabendi and Nirmalan Wigneshwaran received Rs. 10,000 each.

Subsequently, Kamalasabayson recommended an increase in allowances in February 2006 in line with promotions received by them. The AG recommended Rs. 30,000 allowance to Additional Solicitor General Sathya Hettige, PC whereas it was suggested that Wickramasinghe in her new capacity as Deputy Solicitor General be given Rs. 25,000 monthly allowance. Senior State Counsel, Balapatabendi and Dharmawardane received Rs. 20,000 each.

Wickramasinghe told The Island that she had been defamed though the Opposition was aware of the circumstances under which she along with several of her colleagues had received allowances since 2003. In their haste to undermine investigations undertaken by the CIABOC, a vituperative attack had been launched against her, she said, adding that investigations were on track.

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