PM returns to PCoI to continue his testimony
September 16, 2019 02:02 pm
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has again arrived before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry at the BMICH.
This is to record a statement on an irregularity occurred in the Ministry of Agriculture over the private building in Rajagiriya, in which the Ministry is housed.
Prime Minister arrived at the Commission earlier today (16) and left after recording a statement for nearly two hours.
He was requested to appear before the Commission again at 1.30 pm in the afternoon. Accordingly, the Prime Minister arrived at the venue a short while ago.
The Premier was recently issued summons to testify over a complaint regarding an irregularity that had occurred during the time when the Agricultural Ministry was housed at a private building in Rajagiriya.
Wickremesinghe had initially been asked to appear before the commission on September 12, however, the PM had notified the commission via his secretary that he would not be able to testify on that day due to prior commitments.
Accordingly, the PM was given another date and the Commission had informed the prime minister to appear before the panel at 9.30 am today instead.
Several officials who had testified regarding the probe, including former Agriculture Minister MP Duminda Dissanayake, have told the Commission that the prime minister had obtained the Cabinet’s approval on the 21st of September 2015 to take over building named ‘Govijana Mandiraya’ which had previously housed the Agricultural Ministry.