What Deputy Minister gave was not a bribe – Police spokesman
Thursday, 04 October 2012 10:59
Giving money to the police by the Deputy Minister Duleep Wijesekera when his driver was handed over a spot fine is not bribing police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana has told the media.
However, Deputy Minister of Disaster Management Duleep Wijesekera has admitted that he had given Rs.1500 to the police officer who had tried to give a spot fine when the driver of his vehicle had exceeded speed limits.
Deputy Minister Duleep Wijesekera has told a daily newspaper that he offered Rs.1500 to a police officer at the exit to the Southern highway at Kottawa when his driver was given a spot fine for driving the vehicle at a speed of 169 kmph while travelling back to Colombo from a function held headed by the Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody.
Speaking to ‘Lankatruth’ Attorney Janaka Adhikari said there was no procedure in Sri Lanka to pay the spot fine instantly. He said, “The relevant fine should be paid to a post office and the receipt taken to the police station to get the driving license taken over by the police. The incident is clearly an instant of bribing. Whether the police officers accepted the money or not it is bribing and an attempt to bribe. It is a serious criminal offence. We, as lawyers, expect relevant officials to take necessary action.”
Mr. Wasanthe Samarasinghe of ‘Voice against Corruption’ says if authorities do not take any action regarding the incident they would complain it to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.