Government accused of deceit in probe

Anura KumaraThe Government was today accused of deceit in its probe on fraud and corruption, including in several high profile cases.

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, in an adjournment motion debate, told Parliament that the Government gave the impression to the public it was fighting corruption but was really doing the opposite.

Dissanayake said that even investigations into the Avant Garde floating armory has not progressed as far as one expected.

He claimed that the chairman of Avant Garde, Nissanka Senadhipathi has met some members of the Government, raising suspicion of a hidden deal.

The JVP leader said that Senadhipathi had also sought a meeting with him but he refused to meet him.

Dissanayake told the Government to be mindful of the mandate it received at the January and August elections which was mostly focused on fighting corruption.

He also said that the Government is now using some former Government members as State witnesses without allowing the legal process to take its course.

Meanwhile Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, who also spoke during the debate, warned that the Government will not last long if it protects corrupt members of the former Government.

He also said that legal action has not even been taken against known LTTE members like Kumaran Pathmanathan, who is living in Kilinochchi. (Colombo Gazette)

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