An attempt is being made by higher officials of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to undermine investigations being carried out in connection with the frauds committed in the CEB relevant to ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya’ and ‘Uva Udanaya’ projects begun during previous Rajapaksa regime state trade unions in CEB.
Mr. D.V.S.K. Fonseka, the official carrying out the relevant investigations, retired on 13th February and as the investigations were not completed the Board of Directors of the CEB decided to continue Mr. Fonseka’s service on a contract basis so that he could complete the investigation.
The investigation should have been completed by August this year but investigations regarding two managers in charge of ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya’ could not be completed and the Board of Directors decided to extend Mr. Fonseka’s contract by three more months.
It is reported that the investigations conducted so far have revealed a fraud of Rs. 400 million. As frauds of certain administrative officers and engineers would be exposed if the investigations are allowed to be completed, a letter, in an attempt to undermine investigations, has been sent to the Chairman stating that extending Mr. Fonseka’s service was not legal.
The investigations in connection with ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya’ and ‘Uva Udanaya’ are being carried out with the assistance of the CID. Hence, the investigations should be allowed to be carried out without any interference states trade unions.