UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapakse`s chief campaign coordinator Mangala Samaraweera yesterday charged that if the Bribery Commission was resorting to throwing out complaints without even recording a statement from the complainant, the commission itself merited inquiry.The Commission decided over the weekend to dismiss the complaint made by Minister Samaraweera regarding a computer deal involving UNP leader and presidential candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe. The commission decided that since Mr. Wickremesinghe as prime minister at that time had obtained cabinet approval for the purchase and followed tender procedure, the matter did not have to be investigated further.
However, Mr. Samaraweera claimed he had thus far not received any official notification from the Bribery Commission to inform him that the complaint had been dismissed. ?They didn`t even record my statement. All the records pertaining to the deal are with me. This is probably the first time in the history of the Commission that it has not even bothered to record a statement from the person filing the complaint. We might need to inquire into the Commission at this rate,? Mr. Samaraweera said.
In response, the Commission`s chairman and former Supreme Court Judge, Ameer Ismail, said last night if Mr. Samaraweera had not yet received the letter, it could only mean that it had been delayed in the post.
Responding to Mr. Samaraweera`s statement that the Commission had never before dismissed a case without recording a statement from the complainant, Justice Ismail said the Minster was entitled to his view although the Commission did so on a daily basis. ?We do the same thing with all the complaints we receive each day. We analyse them and if they are found to be without merit, they are dismissed,? Mr. Ismail said.