judge now consents to be on bribery body
Retired Judge of the Court of Appeal, K. Viknarajah has consented
to serve as a member of the permanent Commission to Investigate
Bribery and Corruption after rejecting the post nearly nine months
Council Chairman and ex-Speaker, Joseph Michael Perera told The
Sunday Times that Mr. Viknarajah had given his consent to serve
on the Commission by submitting his application. He said accordingly
the Council has decided to recommend his name to President Chandrika
Kumaratunga to be appointed to the post.
Perera said that a 14-day period would be given to the public to
file any objections before the name is submitted to the President.
Mr. Perera said at Thursday's meeting of the Council that Opposition
Leader Mahinda Rajapakse who initially proposed Mr. Viknarajah's
name had submitted his application which has been forwarded to a
when Mr. Rajapakse had nominated the name of Mr. Viknarajah in June
last year Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is a member of
the Commission had seconded the name. But Mr. Viknarajah had refused
to undergo a cumbersome procedure of filling up an application.
to the procedure the applicant would have to appear before a panel
for an interview while the marking system requires that the applicant
scores a minimum of 45 points to qualify for selection. The application
form also requires a detailed declaration of assets of the family
members, including personal jewellery.
selection process has come under criticism earlier as when distinguished
public servants are selected they had to undergo unnecessary scrutiny.
As a result of the failure to fill the vacancy more than 1000 complaints
which have been received have gone uninvestigated so far while in
some 55 cases where investigations have been completed the Commission
cannot go ahead with filing the indictments.