Ports and Shipping Ministry appoints a special committee to look into the numerous charges and allegations of bribery and corruption. Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga in a press briefing on Friday noon said President’s Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetti has been entrusted with the job and he will be supported by lawyer Gamini Bandara, charted accountant Amitha Shaktha Amarathunga and another.

Minister Ranatunga said that it seemed that the Ports Authority is a source and a hub for the corruptions and briberies. “I am getting a lot of complaints and I have decided to make the procedure fully legal and the ones who misused and played with state resources will be fined and punished according to the law,” he said.

He also said that some had to begin the job of cleansing the state institutes; he had no fear of treading any field to do the justice. The Committee to be headed by President’s Counsel has to complete their report by September and the Ministry will fully support the committee to get the relevant information over the alleged irregularities and malpractices. The Minister also vowed that he will not allow the committee report on Ports Authority to be another report which brought no results. (DPL)