I wasn’t notified of ACCS appointment - Anura Kumara
By Faadhila Thassim
Jathika Jana Balawegaya (National People’s Power) Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake, said he was unaware of being named as a Member of the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat (ACCS).
Testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe the political victimisation of public officials during the tenure of the United National Front Government yesterday (20), he added that he was unaware that he was named as a Member of the Secretariat by a Cabinet Paper issued by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
He added that he was also unaware that he was appointed as the Coordinator to the Instant Response Committee of the Secretariat, adding that the Cabinet Paper in relation to the establishment of such a Secretariat was not issued properly and that rightfully, all members should have knowledge of their appointment to such a Secretariat.
"If I was to be the Coordinator to this Committee of the Secretariat, I should have been given formal written notice by the Secretary to the Premier, but I was never given notice,'' he added.
Dissanayake further added that a Cabinet Paper for the establishment of the Secretariat was never produced to the National Executive Council.
He added that he had attended several meetings headed by Wickremesinghe, but that he did not attend any of those meetings with the understanding that those were meetings of the Committee and Secretariat.