Apr 02, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has expanded the powers of the three-member Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Political Victimization during the period of good governance.
The Secretary to the President issued a new gazette notification expanding the responsibilities of the Commission on Thursday, April 01.
The President appointed the three-member Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry on 29 January to implement the recommendations of the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Political Victimization.
Supreme Court Judges Dhammika Priyantha Samarakoon Jayawardena, Hema Kumuduni Wickramasinghe and Court of Appeal Judge Sobhitha Rajakaruna are members of the committee.
The Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry is appointed to further inquire into the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Political Victimization appointed by the President on January 9, 2020 to look into alleged political victimization during the period 2015 -2019.
Accordingly, the commission is entrusted to further investigate and report whether the following malpractices have been done and to what extent are the respondents responsible.
I. Violating the provisions of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, while destructing the oath which had been given in accordance with the provisions of the said Constitution.
II. Abuse or misuse of power, interference, fraud, corruption, criminal misuse, criminal breach of trust or nepotism.
III. Political retaliation against someone
(a) Making any appointment or transfer,
(b) Granting a promotion,
(c) Terminating the service, of someone
Due to any type of disorder
(d) Violating of any written law
The Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry is required to submit a report to the President on the suitability and the justifications, if any, for the implementation and enforcement of the said findings, decisions and recommendations contained in the said Report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, as well as for the adoption of any action in respect thereof, according to the Gazette notification.
The Extraordinary Gazette Notification can be found here.