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Sep 09, 2019

Presidential Commission summons Sri Lankan PM

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been summoned to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCOI) investigating fraud and corruption. He has to appear before it on Thursday and has been asked to give evidence on a complaint regarding the Agriculture Ministry’s building.

The Agriculture Ministry had vacated its building in 2015 after the Prime Minister had put forward a cabinet proposal to use the structure for activities of parliamentary sectoral oversight committees.

The Ministry later purchased a new building by paying monthly rent of over two crore rupees per month.

Today's development comes amidst continuing power struggle between President Maithripala Sirisena and Wickremesinghe, with the former accusing the government of corruption.

President Sirisena had replaced Prime Minister Wickremesinghe last October but the latter was restored by a Supreme court judgement.

The President had constituted the PCOI to probe into serious acts of fraud, corruption, and abuse of power, state resources, and privileges committed by this government.

Meanwhile, Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera appeared before the PCOI today to record a statement in another case. He had requested that the PCOI give him another date to submit the relevant documents on the matter.

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