President should quit until full probe is over- Anti Corrupt Organization
(Lanka-e-News- 09.Aug.2017, 11.30PM) When the Government Auditor General himself has categorically stated there is no methodology in Sri Lanka (SL) to detect whether there could be a potential loss to the government when marketing the treasury bond ,then why is the actual and direct loss of Rs. 3 billion incurred by the country owing to the 8 ‘electronic frequencies’ granted by president Maithripala to notorious Maharaja via a transaction without following proper tender procedures is not being probed ? questioned ‘Democrats for anti corruption’ organization in the communiqué issued by it .
The communiqué issued under the signature of Sekara Bandunatha the convener of the organization elaborates as follows :
No government In the whole wide world permits frequency of 700 mega hertz or more for television telecasts. That is because it can be sold at exorbitant rates to increase the broad band potency of the telecommunication sector.
The SL government by calling for tender bids in the final round for the megahertz 700 frequency , and by selling it received dollars 25 million. Be that as it may, Maithripala Sirisena after being installed in power brought the SLT regulatory under him , and gave the 8 most valuable frequencies to Maharaja Organization flagrantly violating the country’s financial policies and without following tender procedures. Owing to this gross irregularity , Sirisena directly caused a loss of over Rs. 3 billion to the government .
Though a special commission has been appointed to investigate the issue of bonds which allegedly caused a loss to the government for which in fact there is no methodology to probe , it is not such a special commission which has no power to investigate but a CID which has powers, or a parliamentary select committee which has full powers that shall be appointed to probe into the ‘frequency fraud’ which was a direct cause of huge loss to the government, the anti corruption Democrats organization demanded.
In the way as a case was filed against the President making him the respondent based only on violation of fundamental rights , the Anti corruption organization urges from those responsible to file a case in the Supreme court (SC) founded on violation of fundamental rights of the people for causing a loss of over Rs. 3 billion by granting a public asset to Maharaja whimsically and illicitly.
The anti corruption Democrats therefore declared , since the ‘frequency’ worth more than Rs. 3 billion has been granted to Maharaja via an under the counter deal by president at his own whim and fancy engendering a direct loss to the government , investigations must be launched into whether Mathripala Sirisena or his family by that illicit transaction has received undue reciprocal benefits (kickbacks) from Maharaja , as well as into the financial losses resulting to the government thereby . The anti corruption organization also insists that president Maithripala Sirisena on ethical grounds should quit from his presidential duties until the investigation is fully completed.
Copy of the communiqué is hereunder
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This dishonest President should resign asap....... He is disgrace to the SLFP
-- by Rohan on 2017-08-10