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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

Anuruddha Polgampola Newly Appointed State Timber Corporation Removed

Colmbo, 11 May (

Anuruddha Polgampola who was appointed as the new Chairman of State Timber Corporation last week by President aithripala Srisena, has been removed from his position with immediate effect.

The appointment of Anuruddha Polgampola came after the recent arrest of two top senior government officials, President's Chief of Staff Dr I.H.K. Mahanama and Chairman of the State Timber Corporation (STC) P.Dissanayake last week by investigation officers of Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption (CIABOC).

Both were reportedly received Rs 20 million from an Indian investor as bribery in order to clear necessary procedures.

Anuruddha Polgampola had received his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence on May 04.

President Maithripala Sirisena, yesterday, removed Anuruddha Polgampola from the post of State Timber Corporation Chairman due to protest, within days of making the appointment.

Polgampola, who was elected to Parliament, on the JVP ticket, in April 2004, switched his allegiance to President Mahinda Rajapaksa after being asked by the JVP for him to resign over smuggling a person to Japan in Aug 2008.

Having worked closely with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, Polgampola in the run-up to February 10 local government elections joined forces with President Sirisena.Polgampola was appointed Chairman STC on May 4, following the arrest of P. Dassanayake over a bribery charge.

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