The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said there may be a political hand behind the resignation of the Director-General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery Or Corruption (CIABOC) Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe.
“The controversial Treasury bond issue is the most disgraceful incident of the Yahapalana government,” JHU National Organiser Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said.
“The COPE report on the issue is due to be presented to Parliament next week - the report contains names of a number of ministers who are connected to the issue.”
“We think the Director-General is trying to take her hands off the issue, as it is the Bribery Commission that will have to conduct investigations into the matter, once the COPE report is presented.”
“She is using the President’s criticism levelled against the Commission as a shield for her resignation,” he said.
He was addressing the media at JHU party Headquarters yesterday.
“The statement by President Maithripala Sirisena does not hinder independent commissions in any way. Putting an end to bribery and corruption and punishing those engaged in financial crimes during the previous regime were the top election promises of the Presidential Election. The civil society that ensured the President’s victory was keen on implementing a mechanism to prevent corruption because an election victory and a change of a regime were not adequate to end the culture of corruption,” Warnasinghe said.
He said the anti-corruption drive had slowed down, shattering the hopes of those who voted for the President.
“President Sirisena making such a statement is reasonable, as a leader who was appointed by the public to prevent corruptions and as the progress on the complaints have been slow,” he said.
“It shows that investigations into most allegations of financial crimes have not even reached the second stage of inquiry,” he said.
“The Director-General owes an acceptable reason for her resignation to the public, as she had been paid her salary by the taxes of the public,” Warnasinghe said.