The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is to question Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Jeevan Kumaratunga, once again, in connection with the Visa racket , which was found to have been conducted in his Ministry, police sources said yesterday (21).
Kumaratunga returned from Japan on Monday (20) night.
Police top brass had given strict instructions to the CID to be tight lipped on the matter. However, it is learnt that a report on police investigations has been forwarded to President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is to take a decision on minister Kumaratunga`s future, political sources said.
In this case, witnesses who had paid sums ranging between 500,000 and 900,000 rupees to get visas to work in a Western country, had later found the visas, given to them by persons who are said to be supporters of the minister, to be forged. Late last month 8 such persons were detained at the Bandarnaike International Airport when Immigration and Emigration Department officials found their visas were forged.
A Nigerian is also said to be involved in issuing visas but he has now returned to his country. Police sources also said the Ministry office was used by some of the minister`s supporters to meet job seekers, apparently in an effort to build confidence in them but senior police officials refused to confirm or deny the story.
Four officials of the Foreign Ministry have also been questioned in this regard.