Supun Pathirage, the Chairman of the Central Environment Authority, along with two officials, has been remanded until Monday (13) in connection with an alleged bribery case involving one crore rupees. The arrest of these individuals, including the chairman, follows accusations that they demanded the bribe from a businessman for the approval of a project. The arrests were made by officials from the Bribery or Corruption Investigation Commission yesterday (10) evening.
It has been disclosed that the bribe was sought for a project within the premises of the Ministry of Environment, which is being executed by the Central Environment Authority. The Bribery or Corruption Investigation Commission acted on information provided by Justice Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, leading to the arrests.
According to the Daily News, Minister Dr. Rajapaksa confirmed that he received information from the aggrieved businessman directly and subsequently informed the Bribery or Corruption Investigation Commission to conduct a raid and apprehend the suspects.
“I was personally informed by the aggrieved businessman about the incident. I directed the officers of the Bribery or Corruption Investigation Commission to carry out the raid,” stated Minister Dr. Rajapaksa.