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Bribery Commission to get powers to probe private sector

Amendments to the Bribery and Corruption Act will be brought in to bring the private sector under its scope, Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) Director General Sarath Jayamanna, PC, said.

Addressing a media workshop, the Director General noted that while numerous cases of bribery or corruption were reported from the Government service, there was no legislation to monitor and prosecute such instances in the private sector, Government Information Department reported.

“Just as there is corruption in State institutions, the private sector is the same – possibly even worse. We are currently in the process of completing the draft of the amendments to the Act to make bribery or corruption an offence in the private sector as well. We hope to submit it to Parliament as soon as possible.”

Jayamanna said new amendments would also be introduced to bring all cases of bribery or corruption under purview of the High Court.


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