Arjuna dismayed by delay in punishment

Arjuna Ranatunga

Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga today expressed dismay at the delay in punishing of corrupt officials charged with misconduct under the previous regime.

Speaking to media during an inspection tour at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) this morning, the former cricketer said that he was also part of the then UPFA government for a period and that he opted to quit because he “couldn’t bow my head to unnecessary things.”

“However, I too am a little dismayed due to the delay in punishing thieves,” the Minister said.

Ranatunga said that he has been informed through phone calls and other methods regarding various irregularities and that he would take necessary measures after proper confirmation .

“I am not innocent. The law will be implemented regardless of who the wrongdoers are. Neither the President nor the Prime Minister will interfere in these institutions.

“Do not engage in politics within institutions. I will take appropriate decisions because I was born into a political family. Reduce the unnecessary expenses in these (institutions). Stop the corruption,” he urged state officials.

(Ada Derana)