The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has announced a criminal investigation into the alleged wrongful allocation of flats under the former administration’s ‘Gedhoruveriya’ housing scheme. Following an extensive probe into 4,048 forms, ACC revealed today that a staggering 59.6 percent, approximately 2,400 flats, did not meet the necessary eligibility criteria.
ACC President Adam Shamil, in a press conference, emphasized the commission’s determination to uncover any willful and deliberate actions with wrongful intent. The focus of the investigation is to ascertain whether the allocation was driven by the intention to acquire illicit gains or benefits.
Shamil disclosed that the commission has instructed the Ministry to identify individuals involved in the allocation process and relieve them of their duties. Seven individuals from the Ministry, previously questioned, are now expected to undergo a second round of questioning based on new information obtained during the investigations.
While the ACC lacks the mandate to address fraudulent production of State documents, it underscores its authority to investigate abuses of position and power for ill-gotten gains. The unfolding events point to a potential reckoning for those implicated in the controversial housing scheme, as the ACC continues to unravel the layers of this alleged misconduct.