Akila Viraj appears before PCoI

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing corruption today (11).

Kariyawasam is alleged to have used state funds to print his image and a statement from him in textbooks issued to Government Schools.

Director (Supplies) of the Ministry of Education I.M.K.B. Illangasinghe recently testified before the PCoI over the textbook issue and he later filed a complaint alleging that Kariyawasam had issued an order for transfer to the Education Services Establishment Division.

This was later confirmed by Secretary to the Education Ministry Nihal Ranasinghe, who also testifying before the commission.

Pictures by Pradeep Dambarage