Sooriyawewa PS Secretary remanded for accepting bribe

Sooriyawewa PS Secretary remanded for accepting bribe

June 7, 2023   06:14 pm

The Secretary of the Sooriyawewa Pradheshiya Sabha (PS), who was arrested for soliciting a bribe of Rs. 50,000, has been remanded until 20 June. 

He was ordered to be held in remand custody by the Hambantota Magistrate’s Court. 

The suspect was arrested by officers of Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) while accepting a bribe of Rs. 50,000.

The Bribery Commission says that after acquiring the Sooriyawewa fair ground for the year 2020/2021 on a lease basis under his brother’s name, the complainant had made a request to grant relief for the amount deposited by him for the period when the fair could not be maintained due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country. 

Based on that request, the complainant was to be returned a portion of his deposit and in order to issue this the Secretary of the Sooriyawewa Pradeshiya Sabha had demanded a bribe of Rs. 100,000, which he had later agreed to reduce to Rs. 50,000.

The suspect was remanded after he was produced before the Hambantota Magistrate’s Court today, Police said.

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