Com: complaint against Ranil out; PM in
The Bribery Commission has thrown out Minister Mangala Samaraweera's
allegations against UNP Leader and presidential candidate Ranil
Wickremesinghe regarding a multi-million-dollar computer deal, but
has decided to proceed with the complaint against Prime Minister
Ameer Ismail said the commission had decided that Mr. Samaraweera’s
allegations had no basis and required no further investigation as
Cabinet and Treasury approval had been obtained for the deal worked
out when Mr. Wickremesinghe was Prime Minister.
“We will be informing the complainant about the position of
our investigation tomorrow,” he said. Meanwhile, the allegations
against Prime Minister and UPFA presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse
regarding the Helping Hambantota fund are being probed by the commission.
A statement from the complainant UNP parliamentarian Sagala Ratnayake
was recorded a few days ago and the commission was now verifying
documents before proceeding further, Mr. Ismail said.
Earlier, Mr. Rajapakse obtained a Supreme Court order restraining
the CID from investigating allegations relating to the ‘Helping
Hambantota ' Fund. Mr. Rajapakse also asked the Bribery Commission
to stop investigations in view of the Supreme Court order.
However, Mr. Ismail said that since the complaint to the Bribery
Commission was not a part of the particular case referred to the
Supreme Court, the commission was not bound by the Supreme Court
decision, and had the authority to continue with the case.