Former SLA chairman Nishantha Wickramasingha involved in numerous corruption and malpractices; reveals Waliamuna report
A Board of Inquiry has found shocking details of corruption running into billions of dollars, manipulations of service contracting, recruitment of unqualified staff and major security breaches at the SriLankan Airlines under the former government.
The panel headed by anti-corruption advocate and senior lawyer J. C. Weliamuna says it has found instances of gross abuse of power by former chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe.
The former government made management changes to carry out a re-fleeting of the airline with brand-new aircraft costing 2.3 billion dollars despite the availability of more cost effective alternatives.
The Weliamuna report recommends criminal investigations into the entire re-fleeting process and have noted instances where former chairmen Wickramasinghe should be prosecuted.
The former chairman had also created a post of “SLA Brand Ambassador” and appointed his known companion, an airhostess even though no such designation was known to the national carrier.
The couple had travelled abroad on tickets bought by Sri Lankan from other airlines too.
The BOI also found that several applicants who repeatedly failed entrance tests were eventually recruited on verbal requests from the management.