After being inactive for 15 months, the Sri Lanka Bribery Commission has swung back into action as it gets down to the massive task of addressing some 3,000 cases waiting to be cleared. These include a backlog of 1,700 files and 1,600 fresh complaints of bribe-taking.
Bribery Commission chairman, Retired Supreme Court Judge D. J. D. S. Balapatabendi, told the Sunday Times that the Commission was attempting to to clear an average 60 files a day. Meanwhile, new cases are piling up as the Commission’s investigators go ahead with raids based on received complaints.
Judge Balapatabendi said the Commission has stepped up surveillance to crack down bribe-taking, and several successful raids have been carried out since the Commission resumed operations. The latest raid took place on Friday, when a police officer attached to the Piliyandala Police Station was caught in the act of taking a bribe.
The chairman said the Commission intended to make recommendations for amending laws relating to bribery.
The Bribery Commission has a 24-hour hotline. Callers may dial either 1954 or 2584872 to lodge complaints.