Goverment to set up an Anti-Corruption Secretariat
February 12, 2015 04:05 pm
The government today decided to set up a special Secretariat to investigate into large corruption and malpractices of the previous government, the official Government news portal said in a statement.
According to the statement, a Cabinet paper submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on this regard has also been approved by the Cabinet. Accordingly, this Secretariat will deal with the large scale corruption and malpractices alleged to have taken place during the previous government and take legal action into such corruption and malpractices.
The proposed Secretariat is also tasked with the provision of making recommendations to prevent such corruptions and malpractices in the future.
The government which came into office on the promises of taking action against the corrupt politicians earlier decided to appoint a special Presidential Commission for inquiring into large scale corruptions.
The Cabinet has also approved to establish a Financial Crimes Investigation Division under the supervision of the IGP to investigate into large scale financial transactions including money laundering activities. The regulations in this connection will be gazette by the IGP under Article 55 of the Police Ordinance.