The former National Transport Commission Chairman Renuka Perera has taken bribes worth Rs. 35 million issuing express way permits. An audit report forwarded to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources, and Privileges (PRECIFAC) has revealed these facts.
Major part of the express way permits issued had been to henchmen of the Rajapaksa regime. For example two permits were irregularly issued to former President’s personal security officer Major Nevil Wanniarachchi, the audit report has indicated to the Commission of Inquiry.
In addition, the audit report has indicated that the National Transport Commission (NTC) has misused its fund to support the Presidential Campaign of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The NTC has formed a National Transport Day, a day that had never existed in Sri Lanka, and has organised a special event in December 2014, close to the Presidential Election 2014, with a large gathering at Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita, and has invited Mahinda Rajapaksa as its chief guest. Accordingly over Rs. 8 million has been spent on the event.