July 01, Colombo: The Director General of Sri Lanka's Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) Lakshmi Jayawardena has been transferred with immediate effect, local media reported.
The official was transferred amidst criticism in media and civil society against the malpractices of the chairman of the Bribery Commission, former Supreme Court Judge Jagath Balapatabendi.
Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Sunil Handunneththi has complained to the Bribery Commission against the chairman of the Bribery Commission over tampering documents, misappropriation of a vehicle and other charges.
The party in January this year handed over a petition to the Commission about bribery and corruption allegedly committed by Balapatabendi in the past six years, which includes the period he was a Judge of the Supreme Court.
The charge first came to light when the United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Sujeewa Senasinghe alleged in parliament that the former judge had used a vehicle which was provided to him allegedly by a vehicle dealer - Harsha Prabath de Silva, whose case was heard before a Supreme Court bench on which the Judge was presiding.
The JVP called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to suspend Balapatabendi in order to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations of corruption levelled against him.