Tamil Diplomat

Sexual Bribe – no evidence – officer concerned transferred to other district, says the SLRC

The SLRC said yesterday that, they could not find reliable evidence to prove the complaint of soliciting sexual bribe for releasing the funds for the Indian Housing Scheme, but said that the officer concerned had been transferred to other district although he seems to be not guilty.

Earlier this month, the Kilinochchi branch of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) received a written complaint from a women beneficiary that a technical officer of the organisation sought “sexual favours” to speed up the process of cash payments of grants to rebuild her house.

The SLRC said in a statement that a five-member panel, comprising of representatives from International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the SLRCS, found no credible evidence to support the claim by the complainant.

“The panel found no credible evidence to support the complaint relating to misconduct on the part of the SLRCS technical officer,” it said.

The SLRCS has handed over a report and documents from the inquiry over the alleged request for sexual favours to the Ministry of Law and Order and Prison Reforms today.

The panel was constituted after an inquiry by members of the SLRCS Governing Board was inconclusive, the SLRCS said.

“The President and the office of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) in Sri Lanka then launched a second inquiry and appointed a five person panel which was comprised of men and women from the IFRC and from the SLRCS headquarters and branches. A representative from the Consulate General of India in Jaffna also joined the panel,” the statement said.

The panel began its inquiry on October 11 in Kilinochchi and interviewed the beneficiary, who made the complaint, and 15 other people, including nine SLRCS staff members.

On October 16, the panel sent its findings to the SLRCS president.

The Indian High Commission in Colombo had also inquired the SLRC over the allegations.

India had offered to build 50,000 houses in the war-ravaged north as part of its stepped up assistance in Sri Lanka’s post-conflict phase. The 36-month project was to be completed by middle of this year. (NDTV)