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* Number of complaints received by Sri Lanka's Bribery Commission declines - report
Wed, May 28, 2014, 08:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 28, Colombo: The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption of Sri Lanka has said that there is a decline in the number of complaints received by the Commission.

The local media quoting an official attached to the Commission, who wished to remain anonymous, has said the reason is the erosion of confidence of the public in the Commission.

The official has explained to the Ceylon Today that the Commission does not take expeditious action in regard to even the most trivial of complaints resulting in the public losing confidence in the Commission.

Earlier this year Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) lodged a complaint against the Commission's Chairman retired Supreme Court judge, Jagath Balapatabendi for covering up bribery and corruption charges against government politicians.

Meanwhile, Director General of the Commission, Lakshmi Jayawickrama has denied the allegation.

She has said that in 2013, the Commission had received 3,124 complaints and in 2014 also, until 31 March, the Commissioner had received 646 complaints.

She has further noted that 12 successful raids were conducted with regard to the 24 complaints received in April 2014 and 13 suspects were arrested.

Jayawickrama has added that no complaint received by the Commission is discarded without inquiring and all complaints received so far are being investigated.

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