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Inland Revenue chief facing the axe?

By Munza Mushtaq
The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has decided to send Commissioner General of Inland Revenue A.A. Wijepala on compulsory leave with immediate effect over last year’s billion rupee VAT scam.

The recommendation has already been communicated to Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera, and the Committee is expected to inform Wijepala of its decision this week, highly placed sources told The Nation yesterday.
Citing reasons for their decision, members of COPA had pointed out that despite the perpetrators at the department being identified; no action was taken against them for unknown reasons.

The decision to send Wijepala on compulsory leave was taken during last week’s COPA meeting held in Parliament. The Committee has also recommended for an immediate thorough investigation against the scam and those involved in it be dealt with strictly.

COPA has been tasked in probing managerial efficiency and financial discipline of the government, its ministries, departments, provincial councils and local authorities. The Committee is established at the beginning of each Parliamentary Session under Standing Order 125 and consists of 19 Members. It reflects the party composition in Parliament and its quorum is four.

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