Jan 02, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Palitha Range Bandara today revealed to the Bribery Commission the attempts made by the President Maithripala Sirisena's purported government to bribe MPs in order to secure majority in parliament.
MP Range Bandara made a statement to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) in response to a complaint lodged by the Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) that MPs from the other side have been bought by the government appointed by the President on 26 October to show majority.
"The group that came to power on the 26th of October invited me to join the group, saying that they would provide money and ministerial posts. I produced the audio tapes of the conversation on the attempt on 3rd November at a media briefing. Accordingly, I made a statement to the Bribery Commission today regarding the conversation and provided the relevant documents and reports to the Commission," MP Range Bandara said.
The anti-corruption watchdog lodged a complaint with the CIABOC highlighting that the contents of telephone conversation recordings shared with the media by MP Palitha Range Bandara clearly indicate an offence under Section 14 of the Bribery Act.
President Maithripala Sirisena in an interview with a local daily openly admitted that his Prime Minister appointee Mahinda Rajapaksa attempted to bribe parliamentarians to show majority in the House.