Arrest of top politicians, Govt. officials imminent
The Financial Crime Investigations Division (FCID) is tipped to
arrest several politicians and top government officials in the next few
days, for alleged financial frauds, top government sources told
the Sunday Observer.
The FCID, on the request of the Commissioner of Elections temporarily
halted its process of summoning politicians, who were candidates at the
August 17 parliamentary election, to record statements as it would have
proved disadvantageous in the run up to an election.
“The FCID has commenced recording statements from those politicians
by summoning them to the FCID,” Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara
The Sunday Observer learns the FCID has sufficient evidence to arrest
some politicians allegedly involved in financial frauds and are ready to
make several arrests in the coming days.
According to sources, the FCID has already completed investigations
on an alleged land deal by Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna
Ranatunga who has been elected to Parliament from the UPFA, with over
300,000 preferential votes.
Top sources also said, preliminary information has been submitted to
the FCID relating to the distribution of sil redi among Buddhist
devotees during elections using State funds. In this connection, former
Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Chairman, Telecommunication
Regulatory Commission (TRC), Anusha Pelpita, are expected to be further
The FCID did not make any arrests in this regard but has completed
its investigations and the next steps are inevitable, FCID sources said.
The investigation into the release of Rs.5 million to ‘Tharunyayata
Hetak’ organization for ‘awareness creation regarding capital markets’
by the Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) has concluded. According
to the sources, the top three implicated in the investigations are
former SEC Chairman Nalaka Godahewa, its Deputy Director General
Dhammika Perera and a top official of the Tharunyayata Hetak
organization, sources added.
The FCID has also completed investigations involving former Minister
Anura Priyadarshana Yapa for alleged misuse of Ceylon Petroleum
Corporation (CPC) funds to buy goods from the Cooperative Wholesale
Establishment(CWE) to be distributed among the voters during an election
“Due to the election, it was not possible to carry forward several
investigations and also to take action with regard to the offenders
linked to investigations already concluded. Now that the election is
over, there is every intention to complete investigations and take
action against wrongdoers, where investigations have been concluded,”
the source added.