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* PM to appear before Presidential Commission of Inquiry on September 12
Tue, Sep 10, 2019, 11:35 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been summoned to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and malpractice committed during the Yahapalana government.

The Presidential Commission yesterday issued notice for the Prime Minister to appear before the commission on September 12 at 9.30 a.m. to obtain a statement in connection with an ongoing investigation into the leasing of the DPJ towers at Battaramulla which houses the Ministry of Agriculture.

A statement issued by the Commission said the Prime Minister's Office and Temple Trees were informed of the Commission's order by fax and commission officials will hand over the order to the Prime Minister's office and Temple Trees today.

The Prime Minister will be questioned on the Cabinet paper he submitted on 21 Sept, 2015 to establish Sectoral Oversight Committees in the 'Govijana Mandiraya' building, which housed the Agriculture Ministry.

Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake and former Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake had been questioned by the Commission previously regarding the lease agreement signed between the Agriculture Ministry and DP Jayasinghe company at a monthly rent of Rs. 21 million for a total cost of Rs. 1.3 billion.

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena investigates corruption and malpractices committed by state institutions during the Yahapalana government from 15 January 2015 to 31 December 2018.


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