Bribery Commission nabs CEA Chairman for soliciting Rs.10 Mn bribe

10 November 2023 07:21 pm – 17      – 3627

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By Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana 

COLOMBO (Daily Mirror) – Chairman of the Central Environment Authority (CEA) Supun S. Pathirage was arrested by the Bribery Commission officials a short while ago for soliciting a bribe of Rs.10 million from a person in order to issue a permit, police said.

A senior official attached to the Police Headquarters told the Daily Mirror the CEA Chairman was arrested by a team of commission’s detectives, whilst he was accepting the money at a location in Colombo last evening.

Preliminary inquiries revealed that the suspect had demanded the sum to facilitate a person with a forged document related to the environmental authority.

Director Investigation Division of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) told the Daily Mirror that the inquiries were underway as he had just returned to the country following a brief overseas visit.

They said that the businessman initially informed the matter to Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, who directed the businessman to the Bribery Commission. Later the CEA Chairman, a former Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councillor and another were arrested.