CoI into corruption and fraud granted extension | Sunday Observer

CoI into corruption and fraud granted extension

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday granted an extension of three months to submit the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating into acts of corruption and fraud allegedly committed in state institutions during the period, January 15, 2015 to December 31, 2018.

The decision by the President came after considering a request by its members for an extension until October 18.

The Commission was appointed in January 2019 and instructed to submit the final report composed of conclusions and illustrations within six months to President Maithripala Sirisena. The 5 member Commission is headed by, retired Supreme Court Judge Upali Abeyrathne (Chairman), retired High Court Judge Sarojini KusalaWeerawardhana, retired Auditor General Pasdun Korale Arachchige Premathilake, retired Ministry Secretary Lalith.R.De Silva and retired Deputy Inspector General of Police M.K.D. Wijaya Amarasighe.

The functions of the Commission included probing acts of fraud, criminal breach of trust, criminal misappropriation of property, deception, abuse or misuse of power or authority, state resources, and privileges, and causing serious damage or loss to state assets and revenue due to the aforementioned deeds.