The Prime Minister's Office dismissed media reports that the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat (ACCS) is to be closed down, adding that no final decision has been taken in this regard.
The ACCS, managed by the Prime Minister's Office at Temple Trees, was set up after the presidential election in January 2015. It was to review anti-corruption work based on public complaints on bribery and corruption to different agencies. It was set up on a recommendation to the Cabinet by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.
Last Sunday several news reports claimed that the Secretariat is facing closure amidst allegations that vehicles from the Prime Minister's Office have been used by it for surveillance work.
However, the Prime Minister's Office dismissed the reports claiming that no such decision has been finalised as yet. In a press communiqué it further noted that a special report is currently in the pipeline on the work that has been done by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption (CIABOC), the Police Financial Crimes Division (PFCD) and the Secretariat.
Based on the recommendations of this report, the decision to either continue or disband the Committee will be decided.
Alternatively, it will also decide whether the ACCS will continue on par with the CIABOC and the FCID with similar responsibilities.