The main criticism the Joint Opposition Party made during their carnival held yesterday raiding Colombo was that the Government is attempting to arrest them with ridiculous allegations in getting revenge from the opposition members.
Nevertheless, information have been revealed, in relate to fraud and corruption caused by the members of Mahinda’s party, through the final report submitted by the President’s Commission appointed to investigate serious fraud and corruptions, and misuse of government resources and privileges.
Former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, along with several others, was alleged of misusing public money for political campaigning of the former President Mahinda Rajapakshe, and the allegations have been proved out to be true through the President’s Commission.
Accordingly, how Sarath Kumara Gunaratne in 2015 conducted the political campaigning of the former President Mahinda Rajapakshe is by spending the public money. For that he has consumed nearly 11.5 Million Rupees (11,470,000) from which have been reserved by Ceylon Shipping Corporation for the development of Negombo lagoon.
The relevant amount of money has been spent on behalf of a political campaign held in Negombo in December 30 2014. An amount of 1,750,000 Rupees has been consumed for the broadcasting purposes of the rally acquiring LED screens and televisions, and an amount of 125,000 Rupees has been consumed for distributing caps and t shirts for the supporters of Mahinda Rajapakshe.
In addition, a commemoration plaque has been established, despite providing zero contribution to the construction procedure in the Negombo lagoon, and the amount consumed for the plaque itself was estimated to be over One Million Rupees (1,848,000/-).
Another One Million Rupees (1,090,000) has been spent for printing diaries.
The currencies spent on behalf of such activities are neither of Mahinda Rajapakshe’s nor Sarath Kumara Gunaratne’s private legacy. This is money belonged to people.
Apart from Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, people like Chandana Palpita, Galagedara Piyal Abesekara, Upul Chaminda Perera, and Upali Liyanage have also been alleged of such misuse.
The President’s Commission declares via their report that legal actions can be taken against these respondents regarding the allegations. The Commission declares that under Sector 70 of the Bribery or Corruption Act and Sector 5(1) of the Culpable Misconduct of Pubic Property, they can be filed against their acts.
In the meantime, when the relevant amount was requested from the Finance Manager of the Ceylon Shipping Corporation, she had refused to make the transactions for illegal purposes. The investigations have revealed that in light of her rejection she was threatened to lose her job, and accordingly the report of the President’s Commission also states that under such circumstance they can also be sued under Sector 486 of the Penal Code.