The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has called for the assets declaration of Admiral Daya Sandagiri, former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy and now Chief of Defence Staff.
The move, The Sunday Times learns, is pursuant to an inquiry the Commission is now conducting in respect of allegations levelled against Admiral Sandagiri. Among other matters it relates to the acquisition of a prime coconut property in Boyawalana in the Kurunegala district and the alleged use of Navy vehicles cum personnel.
Though an initial probe got under way earlier, the call to him to declare his assets came only recently. Compounding this situation further is an in inquiry at Navy Headquarters to ascertain how documents relating to Assets Declarations made by Admiral Sandagiri over the years have been tampered with. All high ranking officers are required to declare their assets. Such declarations in sealed envelopes are held in custody at the respective military headquarters.
The Sunday Times learns that Admiral Sandagiri`s Assets Declarations for 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 have been removed from Navy Headquarters on August 26, 2005. They had been returned on August 30, 2005. Again a set of sealed envelopes containing Admiral Sandagiri`s Assets Declarations for 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 have been removed on August 30, 2005 and replaced on 1st September. The details of the removal of these Assets Declarations and their return have been recorded in a register that is now being kept under strict security.
The Sunday Times learns that the original envelopes that bore the hand writing of a different person have been replaced. All the new sealed envelopes, it has been found, contain the handwriting of one person. Naval authorities are unable to ascertain whether fresh declarations have been introduced for the years in question. They say that is a matter for other state agencies like the Police and the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption.