Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 20:57
Opposition raises questions over unexpected gazette notification
The Opposition MPs requested the President today to cancel the gazette notification which enabled a Cabinet Sub-committee led by the Prime Minister to lodge complaints with the Police Financial Crime Investigation Division.
The request was made during the SLFP MPs meeting held in the parliament complex.
The particular gazette which enabled a Cabinet Sub Committee led by the Prime Minister to make such complaints to the FCID was released on the 13th of February.
According to the said gazette, the FCID should investigate any such crime that had been committed anywhere in the island.
All massive financial crimes, corruption and large scale unauthorized development projects and other such crimes against public money and property should be investigated by the FCID.
The particular gazette has also empowered the Cabinet Subcommittee to seek investigations against massive financial crimes committed against the national security, misappropriation of state finance and environment, hoarding money through illegal means, abuse of power, money laundering, providing funds to terrorists and engaging in illegal transactions.
This gazette has further empowered the FCID to carry out its investigations within all jurisdictions throughout the country.
MP Bandula Gunawardana said that the President has said that he would look into the matter.
A UPFA MP who criticized the controversial gazette during his speech in parliament said that the aim of the gazette was to witch hunt certain factions.
However Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe rejected the allegations.