Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapakse stated this to our news team, regarding the media reports which stated that activities of Bribery Commission have come to a halt.
The issues of the Bribery commission cropped after one of its commissioners Keerthi Wimalachandra resigned from his post.
The news was reported on the 16th of May, where its Director General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe said that his resignation would not hamper the activities of the Commission.
The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption which was established under Act No. 19 of 1994, should consist of 3 members to proceed its activities.
The members should comprise 2 retired Supreme Court or Court of Appeal judges and one with broad experience in criminal investigation and law enforcement.
Former Supreme Court Judge Jagath Balapatabendi and former IGP Doctor Jayantha Wickramaratne are serving as the only commissioners of the Bribery Commission at present.
When our news team previous enquired, the commission’s Director General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe stated that according to the relevant Act, the commission can proceed its activities even with just one commissioner.
According to the 19th constitutional amendment, officers should be appointed for Independent Commissions by the Constitutional Council.
However, not even the Constitutional Council has been appointed thus far.
Nevertheless, the media sources have reported that 200 complaints were not examined due to the activities of the Bribery Commission being hampered.
Certain media reported that emergency raids too have come to a halt.
When our news team enquired Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa regarding the matter, he said that legal action will be taken if required in future as this is a critical situation.
Our news team also enquired the commission’s Director General Dilrukshi Dias Wicramasinghe, and she reiterated that examining the complaints received by the commission has not been hampered.
In addition, she also stated that there is no shortage of complaints received by the commission, or any shortcomings in the investigations.