Financial Times

Adverse comments against judiciary may be to stifle its independence

By Quintus Perera

Bribery and corruption is becoming the order of the day where parliamentarians and ministers are also becoming accused but as there should be a giver, the private sector also should bear the accusations, Anver Dole, President, Institute of Management of Sri Lanka (IMSL) told reporters this week.

He said that the country has reached an unfortunate situation as little or no concern has been made by the different chambers with regard to bribery and corruption with corrupt officials openly soliciting bribes.
He said that during the past two to three decades ethical standards, integrity and transparency which are essential components for good governance have reached a low ebb and the current scenario in Sri Lanka is bleak and dismal.

He along with some officials of IMSL addressed the press briefing to appraise the media on the new initiatives taken by IMSL in introducing new programmes and launching a membership drive. He said that while this grave social evil is enmeshing the social fabric of the country, some had the audacity to cast adverse comments on the judiciary apparently in a bid to stifle the independence of the judiciary.
Mr. Dole said "The recent landmark judgments by the Supreme Court on the LMSL-JKH affair, and the ruling against the former president in the 'Water’s Edge' case, have done much to restore confidence in the 'system'. It has demonstrated that at the end of the day, even the highest in the land, is finally accountable. It has certainly sent a powerful signal to all citizens of our country."

He said that currently, good governance is conspicuous by its absence and therefore as managers they have a major role to play. The IMSL will strive to mould and fashion the thinking of managers, especially the younger generation, to maintain ethical standards, replicate 'best practices' and work towards a better corporate Sri Lanka."

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