Sri Lanka PM appoints a committee to accelerate measures against fraud and corruption

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday as first order of business in his new capacity as the Law and Order Minister appointed a three-member committee of ministers to expedite cases related to fraud and corruption.

The committee members include ministers Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, D M Swaminathan and Ajith P Perera, while Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order has been appointed as the Secretary of the committee.

The decision was taken at a special discussion held at Temple Trees on Monday with the Secretary of the Ministry of Law and Order, the IGP and senior police officers. Attention was also focused during the discussion on the report submitted by former Minister Sagala Ratnayake regarding the measures taken so far to suppress corruption and fraud.

The Prime Minister also appointed a three-member Committee with his chairmanship to coordinate the necessary measures to establish a university on criminal justice. Ministers Thalatha Athukorala and Sagala Ratnayake are the other two members of the committee.

A committee consisting of Ministers Tilak Marapana, Ranjith Madduma Bandara and Sagala Ratnayake was appointed to expedite the appeals regarding political revenge cases in the Police Department.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe during the discussion said the drug raids and the crackdown against organized crime should continue stern action should be taken against the criminals.

He pointed out that especially, the law should be strictly implemented in respect of violence against women.

It was also emphasized that the appeals should be filed immediately after a disadvantageous decision was taken by the police.

Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order Padmasiri Jayamanna, IGP Pujith Jayasundara, Commanding Officer of STF M. R. Lateef, CID Senior DIG Ravi Seneviratne, Senior DIG of Finance Crime Investigation Division Ravi Waidyalankara, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police, Chandana Wickramaratne and several other officials participated in the meeting.

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