The government has assured it will conduct an independent inquiry over the revelations made through Pandora Papers.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Minister GL Peiris said although there are no direct links between persons cited in Pandora Papers and the government, since it has damaged the reputation of the country, they will conduct an inquiry.
Minister Peiris said investigations can be initiated through Police, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption or through the judiciary.
Minister GL Peiris noted the Cabinet of Ministers will discuss in detail as to what mechanism will be used to investigate the alleged corrupt activities.
He stressed that however the incidents did not occur during the tenure of the present administration.
The Pandora Papers is a leak of almost 12 million documents that reveals hidden wealth, tax avoidance and, in some cases, money laundering by some of the world’s rich and powerful.
On a separate note, General Secretary of the SLPP Sagara Kariyawasam who also attended the media briefing said, constituent parties of the government have a collectively responsibility to support the initiatives of the present administration.
MP Sagara Kariyawasam noted that however some factions knowingly or unknowingly are sabotaging the programmes of the government.
He said the SLPP has requested the President to take forward the programs initiated by the government for the wellbeing of the people.