President accepts Dilrukshi’s resignation letter

Maithripala SirisenaPresident Maithripala Sirisena has accepted the resignation letter of the Director General of the commission to investigate allegations of bribery or corruption, Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe.

Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe had tendered her resignation from her post earlier this week.

Wickremesinghe had sent her resignation letter to President Maithripala Sirisena who was overseas at the time.

Government sources said that the President had today accepted the resignation letter.

Wickramasinghe assumed duties as the Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, on 12th February 2015.

She submitted her resignation just days after President Maithripala Sirisena warned that he will be compelled to take action against politicising the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID), Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC).

The President had said he had conveyed this message to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The President’s statement drew strong reactions from civil society and some political parties in the opposition.

The Janatha Vimukthi Pramuna (JVP) had sought a clarification from the President over the statement he made.

The JVP said the statement made by the President was very serious and seems like one which challenges the mandate he received from the voters on January 8, 2015.

The JVP also said the President’s statement that the investigations units could be operating on a political mandate cannot be taken lightly.

According to the JVP, making any statement which could undermine the work of investigations on corruption, goes against the mandate given to the Government. (Colombo Gazette)