By Srian Obeyesekere
In a shocking disclosure, thirty top ruling party parliamentarians, some who enjoy portfolios of ‘collective responsibility’ are to be charged before court shortly for accumulation of assets through unscrupulous methods.
An authoritative source from the commission to probe Bribery or Corruption told The Nation that investigations on these top rank parliamentarians were near completion.
Meanwhile, the Head of the Commission to Investigate Allegations into Bribery and Corruption, Retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Jagath Balapatabendi claimed that there were 400 cases under investigation involving political and public figures over allegations ranging from illegal assets to bribery.
A number of unnamed parents have also sent him petitions against principals of popular schools where it is alleged that the principals have taken bribes on school admissions. “We have referred these to the Education Ministry for preliminary action as the petitioners were reluctant to appear in the open”, sources said.
Speaking on this issue, Justice Balapatabendi said that the Bribery Commission was unable to investigate those complaints as the petitioners were not named through fear.
He said the Education Ministry could hold an inquiry into such petitions and report back to the Bribery Commission to decide whether further action could be contemplated.
This article was written by Srian Obeyesekere and originally published on nation