|Inland Revenue Chief to go
before Public Services Commission
The government is
very likely to refer the interim report of the Public Accounts
Committee (PAC) to the Public Services Commission for necessary
disciplinary action against the Commissioner General of Income
Highly placed government sources told The Nation that they are
thinking of going through the correct procedure as to what
should be done in the matter relating to Commissioner General of
Inland Revenue, A.A. Wijepala, since there could be
complications arising from the PAC report.
On Thursday, the PAC revealed that the Inland Revenue Department
(IRD) had entertained VAT declaration from two bogus companies
in 2004. The taxable supplies declared in the two documents
amounted to Rs. 1324 billion, which constituted to 73.5% of the
GDP of that year.
In addition to these two companies, 18 more companies had
applied for VAT refunds fraudulently.
The PAC in its report also recommended that for a complete
examination, the incumbent chief of the IRD should be suspended.
However, sources noted that the government was reluctant to take
ad hoc measures and was planning to refer the matter to the
Attorney General and thereafter, to the Public Services
On Friday, Colombo District Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake,
referring to the PAC report had queried as to why the PAC had
failed to probe the two main economic hit men in Sri Lanka. He
also moved to name them as Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera
and Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal.
In response PAC Chairman Rauff Hakeem said, “We are still
looking into the matter and only part of the probe has been
reported.” Meanwhile, it is learnt that of the two officers from
the IRD, who are already in remand, one continues to receive his
full salary, while the other is receiving full pension.
The government is also likely to have a debate on the PAC report