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Colombo, Nov 10 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, on Thursday appointed Sarath Jayamanne as the new head of the country’s anti graft commission.
Jayamanne, who is a President’s Counsel was appointed after former Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption quit, following accusations by President Maithripala Sirisena that the Commission could be working under a political agenda.
The Commission has been investigating several high profile cases, especially against members of the previous regime.
Wickramasingha was appointed as the Director General of the Commission by the new government headed by Sirisena in 2015.
President Sirisena, in a speech in Colombo last month, slammed the Bribery Commission and two Police divisions for taking three former navy commanders and the former defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapakse to court earlier last month over an investigation.
The goal of establishing independent commissions was to restore freedom and democracy, protect democracy and to build a corruption-free country, and not work under any political influence, President Sirisena said.