Final report handed over to President

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Chairman of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into Sri Lanka Customs,  Supreme Court Judge, Shiran Gunaratne handed over the final Report to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at President’s House in Colombo yesterday (22).

The six-member commission was appointed by Extraordinary Gazette Notification on 24 February 2021 to investigate and report on various allegations and alleged irregularities in the Customs.

Court of Appeal Judge Priyantha Fernando, High Court Judge Damith Thotawatte, Central Bank Deputy Governor K.M.M. Siriwardena (Current Finance Secretary), Senior Adviser (Trade) Dr. Sanath Jayanetti and former Additional Director General of Sri Lanka Customs P.A. Dias were part of the Commission chaired by Supreme Court Judge Gunaratne.

After nearly a year of consultation with Customs officials, Customs unions, government and private sector officials, clients and the public, the Commission prepared a final Report comprising 117 recommendations.

The 530-page report includes recommendations on how the corporate, administrative and operational processes of Sri Lanka Customs can be effectively and efficiently carry out in the discharge of responsibilities. The President instructed that the report be referred to Parliament as early as possible.

Members of the Commission  were Court of Appeal Judge Fernando, High Court Judge Thotawatte, Director General of Customs Major General (Retd.) Vijitha Ravipriya, Secretary to the President, Gamini Senarath, Principal Advisor to President, Lalith Weeratunga, Chief of Staff to the President, Anura Dissanayake, Additional Secretary to President, Buwaneka Herath, Director General, Legal Affairs of the Presidential Secretariat, Hariguptha Rohanadheera and Senior Assistant Secretary to the President, Mahesh Vitarana were also present. (AK)