FCID is 2 years old! Featured
- - Feb 27, 2017
The Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID), considered the most controversial division in the police in its 151 year history, marked its second birthday yesterday (26).
Following the formation of the Yahapaalana government on 08 January 2015, the FCID was set up on 26 February of the same year.
The FCID has done a commendable service in its two year existence to change the public opinion about corruption and create fiscal discipline among politicians and public officials with regard to public property.
Despite minor shortcomings, the state has been able to earn more than one billion of income through the FCID investigations. That income is without the Malwana property of Basil Rajapaksa, which is to be sold on public auction for Rs. 208 million.
Senior DIG Ravindra Waidyalankara is the head of the FCID, and it is him who has given it the name.
Some days ago, ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa telephoned prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and said, “FCID fellows obtain bribes in an unbelievable manner. That is not good for the government.” Well understanding the motive of Rajapaksa’s statement, the PM replied, “I am keeping a close watch.”
Getting to know who will be arrested next by the FCID, the ex-president is behaving in this manner to sabotage the investigations in any way possible.
FCID chief Vaidyalankara told Lanka News Web that no politician in the ‘Yahapaalana’ government has exerted pressure on FCID investigations. Had such pressure been received, persons like Namal and Yoshitha Rajapaksa and Wimal Weerawansa could never have been arrested, he said.
He added that the future arrests by the FCID would establish public confidence in the institution.