Lak Sathosa probe led to Lacille’s removal



Former Secretary to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources, and Privileges (PRECIFAC) Lacille de Silva alleged that the yahapalana government found fault with him for investigating corruption at Lak Sathosa during Rishad Bathiudeen’s tenure as the minister in charge of the state enterprise.

Addressing the media at the Anti-Corruption Front (ACF) Office at Welikadawatte, Rajagiriya, De Silva, who had been former Director General, Administration of Parliament alleged that the government didn’t extend his tenure in March 2016 due to probe on the import of 250,000 metric tonnes of rice by Lak Sathosa.

De Silva said that at the onset of PRECIFAC, President Maithripala Sirisena had intervened on many occasions to facilitate their work. The former official stressed that he had to take tough decisions in pursuing investigations.

All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader Bathiudeen and MP Ameer Ali switched their allegiance to the then Opposition in the run-up to presidential poll in January 2015. (SF)

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