The Presidential Commission to Investigate Serious Corruption and Fraud is staking measures to summon former Secretary General of the UPFA Minister Susil Premajayanth to take a statement based on the statement made to the Commission by former President and Member of Parliament for Kurunegala District Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The investigation is being carried out regarding not recovering a sum of Rs. 115 million for advertisements published over the Independent Television Network (ITN) to boost Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign at the Presidential election held recently and charging Rs.80 million for advertisements of Mr. Maithripala Sirisena’s campaign but failing to publish them.
Already statements from former ministers Keheliya Rambukwella and Dallas Alahapperuma, secretary to the former President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media Charith Herath and former Chairman of ITN Anura Siriwardene have been recorded. After recording their statements a statement from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was recorded at his residence.
In his statement to Presidential Commission to investigate Serious Corruption and Fraud Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa has stated it was the party but not him that was responsible for the irregularities committed when publishing advertisements over the ITN.
According to sources the Presidential Commission to investigate Serious Corruption and Fraud is taking measures to get a statement from Mr. Premajayanth within this week. Interestingly, the president of the UPFA during the presidential election was Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.