Sri Lanka’s constitutional authority, the Constitutional Council has approved recruiting 50 more officers to the Bribery and Corruption Commission, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said in parliament yesterday.
The Speaker was responding to an oral question raised by parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake on the number of complaints received by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption from 2014 to 30th June 2017 and the number resolved.
Responding to the MP Government Chief Whip, Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka highlighted that the Commission received 2,345 cases in 2014, 3913 in 2015, 3,650 in 2016, and 1,322 up to 30 July 2017.
Out of those, investigations on 199 cases were completed in 2014, 2818 in 2015, 2,242 in the year 2016 and 803 up to July 2017.
The number of complaints that are being investigated are 803 in 2014 and 1,095 in the year 2015, 1,208 in 2016 and 819 up to July 2017.
According to the Minister Karunathilaka, the number of cases filed against politicians High Court is nine – 6 in in 2015, two in 2016 and one in 2017.
Upon inquiry, the Commission will decide to file charges and there is no legal provision to direct cases to the Attorney General, the Minister explained.
He said a cabinet subcommittee has reviewed the activities of the Bribery and Corruption Commission and a cabinet paper is being prepared.
MP Bimal Ratnayake suggested setting up a separate court to hear corruption cases and appointing an efficient staff.