In the backdrop of allegations that Parliament has turned a blind eye to waste, corruption and irregularities, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has asked Mrs. Priyanee Wijesekera, Secretary General of Parliament, to investigate a complaint received by the Commission regarding alleged fraud in the dry-cleaning department.
The request, made by the commission last September, has come to light recently. Well informed sources said that this was a pathetic state of affairs and unprecedented as far as the Parliament was concerned.
The Bribery Commission has repeatedly pledged that all complaints received by the commission would be investigated.
The Island learns that even a copy of the complaint received by the commission had been made available to the Secretary General. The Secretary General has been asked to take required action , sources said.
Several parliament workers and a private firm situated in the Mulleriyawa police area have been accused of misappropriating of public funds on the basis of falsified figures in relation to the services obtained by Parliament. They had allegedly shared the ill-gotten money.
Sources said that the Bribery Commission has completely ignored the need to investigate a case of misappropriation of public funds.
The Bribery Commission has received financial support from international agencies and countries, including the US. US Ambassador Robert O Blake, at recent function held at the Bribery Commission said that the amount of corruption was difficult to quantify but there was little doubt that it has negative economic and political consequences.
`Corruption damages economic development and reform, impedes the ability of countries to attract foreign investment, hinders the growth of democratic institutions and concentrates power in the hands of a few.`