Opposition demands anti-graft chief’s sacking

Opposition demands anti-graft chief’s sacking

April 21, 2015   05:27 pm

Main opposition demanded on Tuesday the country’s anti-graft chief be sacked for summoning former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to answer bribery allegations amid renewed uproar in parliament.

Opposition lawmaker Bandula Gunawardane told parliament the director general of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe, should be dismissed for her “arbitrary action”.

Wickramasinghe has summoned Rajapaks to appear on Friday following a complaint that he paid a bribe of more than 600mn rupees ($4.6mn) to a lawmaker from the then-opposition to defect ahead of the presidential election in January.

“Today, 113 lawmakers signed a petition asking the speaker to take action to remove Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe,” said Gunawardane, who is from Rajapakse’s faction.

New President Maithripala Sirisena has launched a series of corruption investigations against Rajapaksa’s inner circle since ousting him at the election after a decade in power. (AFP)

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