Over thirty former and present ministers are to be prosecuted shortly for non-declaration of assets in a bid to combat corruption, fraud and accumulation of illegal wealth, highly placed government sources disclosed to Nation.
Sources said that nearly twenty ministers out of this number are ex-ministers who were sworn in as new ministers of the Government of Unity which comprise the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
According to these sources four of this group of over thirty in numbers are Parliamentarians of the Joint Opposition in the present parliament and one of them is a former Minister of the then Rajapaksa administration.
Already former parliamentarians Sajin Vass Gunawardene, Duminda Silva and former minister and present MP Johnston Fernando have been charged before court for non-declaration of assets and alleged corruption.
Meanwhile, Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption, Dilrukshi Wickremesinghe told Nation that she could not divulge the exact number of ministers or politicians under probe for non-declaration of assets but added that she had given freedom to her officers to probe complaints and petitions received with regard to non-declaration of assets and fraud.
Ms. Wickremesinghe said that she would make a complete ‘overhaul’ to the current pattern of the declaration of assets to make the system more effective. ‘We need to strengthen to laws to combat this menace’, she asserted.
The Director – General has also sought a meet with President Maithripala Sirisena shortly to stress the need to strengthen laws on combating bribery or corruption in the country.
In the meantime, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is also probing allegations of corruption and sex abuse against a large number of local government politicians, a senior CID officer disclosed.