Committee report to President’s Secy

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The report of the committee appointed to investigate into the bribery allegations against former Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has been handed over to Secretary to the President, Saman Ekanayake, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

A three-member committee of inquiry was appointed to conduct an impartial investigation into the allegations against de Silva.

The former minister was forced to step down from his Ministerial Portfolio on 6 July on the instructions of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, following an allegation made by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa regarding a Cabinet Minister soliciting a bribe from a Japanese company.

Premadasa in Parliament on 5 July alleged that a Cabinet Minister in the incumbent regime has solicited a bribe from Japan’s Taisei Corporation and that has angered President Rajapaksa.Following the controversy, the President called for an immediate formal investigation into the incident while the President’s Media Division in a statement said de Silva temporarily stepped down from his position as the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Services, on the instructions of the President until the investigations are concluded.

De Silva in his letter of resignation to Rajapaksa stated that although Premadasa did not specify a name, his Ministry has been involved with the said Japanese company and thereby the allegation was linked to him on social media.