Bribery Commission Director General Axed: Balapatabendi Remains

In an interesting turn of events, Director General of Bribery Commission Lakshmi Jayawardena has been transferred with immediate effect.

However, no action has so far been taken against Bribery Commission Chief Jagath Balapatabendi whose name has been mentioned in connection with a bribery allegation.

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Jayawickreme, who is known among staff members of the Bribery Commission as an efficient administrator and an official with an unblemished track record, has been transferred without even citing a valid reason.

Several newspaper reports alleged that Bribery Commission chief Jagath Balapatabendi received a vehicle which was released through a judgment in a bench he presided over.

They also revealed that the former Supreme Court judge had been presented with a car (KG-9321) by a person by the name of Harsha Prabath an unscrupulous vehicle trader who was under the watch by the customs for years for defrauding the customs.

As the story broke out there was a public outcry that Balapatabendi should be removed from his position with immediate effect and a thorough inquiry should be carried out into the matter. But, such requests did not elicit any response from the government.

Meanwhile, the Bribery Commission has also received a large number of complaints pertaining to bribery and corruption allegations against ruling party politicians whose investigations have been delayed due to obscure reasons.



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