The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has uncovered fraudulent letters submitted by several councils during its investigation into the ‘Gedhoruveriya’ flat issue. These letters falsely claimed that applicants met the residency requirement of having lived in Male’ City for a minimum of fifteen years, a prerequisite for the housing scheme initiated by the previous government. The ACC has pledged to conduct further investigations into this matter, particularly focusing on the councils and companies responsible for issuing false information.
Under the ‘Gedhoruveriya’ housing scheme conditions, applicants could provide various forms of proof, including letters from employers, landlords, councils, or leaving certificates from Male’ schools attended. The ACC’s inquiry exposed that some applicants, who made it to the final list, did not meet the required fifteen years of residency, obtaining fraudulent documentation from councils and companies.
ACC Vice President Abdul Salaam emphasized that providing false information is an offense, and if institutions issued fraudulent documents with the intention of facilitating undeserved benefits or bribery, it warrants a separate investigation. Salaam indicated that if the ACC deems itself unable to conduct the investigation, it may lodge a complaint with the police for further inquiry.
While the ACC’s investigation revealed that a substantial 59.6 percent of applications on the recipient list did not meet eligibility criteria, the government is yet to decide on the actions to be taken in response to these findings. The ACC, too, has not reached a decision on whether to publicize the list and its investigative findings. The unfolding situation adds complexity to the controversy surrounding the ‘Gedhoruveriya’ housing scheme, bringing attention to the issues of fraudulent documentation and potential misuse of the eligibility process.