The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) on Friday received an internal inquiry report which delves into the allegations against one of its technical officers who had allegedly sought ‘sexual favors’ from one of its beneficiaries in return for a house that built as part of an Indian government funded project.

Speaking to The Nation, Mahieash Johnney, Senior Manager for Communications and Humanitarian Diplomacy confirmed that they were in receipt of a the report but could not provide further information since it had not been made public, at the time this edition went to press.

“What we can say with certainty is that the SLRC will consider this seriously and would take appropriate measures including disciplinary action if the allegations are proved true,” he said. “We will also refer the matter to the police and other authorities for criminal action.”

He lauded the fact that a complaint of this nature has come to light due to the way the SLRC operates whereby the beneficiaries are requested to lodge complaints and their grievances with the assurance that it would be dealt with forthrightly and in a transparent manner.

The allegation was leveled by a widowed woman in Killinochchi district who claimed that in return for expedition process of the release of the money, the offer had made advances.