Unrest prevailing in the CEB took a turn for the worse when its Vice Chairman Chula De Silva resigned yesterday saying he could not continue to work in the present environment.
Mr. De Silva reportedly had a confrontation with CEB Director General Ranjith Fonseka on Friday.
Mr. De Silva told the Daily Mirror that he had already decided to resign when Mr. Fonseka came into his room to criticize him on Friday. Mr. De Silva also reportedly had some disagreement with Mr. Fonseka a few weeks ago following a letter accusing him of violating CEB security regulations by taking photographs of power Stations.
Mr. De Silva explained that he visited the power stations with a disaster management consultant who had wanted to take photographs of fire alarm systems.
However Mr. Fonseka had complained to the CID saying there was a breach of security.
But according to a letter sent to Mr. Fonseka by Ministry Secretary P. Weerahandi, the CID had suspended the probe against Mr. De Silva and Mr. Weerahandi had expressed dissatisfaction over Mr Fonseka`s decision to inform the Joint Operations Command.
Mr. De Silva also said the work environment in the CEB had been unstable after the CEB Engineers Union confronted the Board of Directors following the refusal of the Board to approve the board papers which recommended huge allowances to high ranking CEB officials.
Mr. De Silva is the second official to resign from the CEB within the past two weeks. Former Chairman Ananda Gunasekara also resigned recently and the Ministry appointed Moksdevi Prelis as the new Chairman.