Gamini Lokuge, Derwin Perera, Susanthika and PIU's
report to the Ministry of Public Administration
By Dilrukshi Handunnetti
spreading disease of government corruption has extended
its tentacles to Sri Lanka's sports bodies in equal
measure with the latest scandal involving Deputy
Director of Sports, Derwin Perera over the printing of
certificates and ordering medals in violation of tender
procedures causing a financial loss to the state.
Sports Ministry official has been recommended compulsory
retirement after a two year long investigation conducted
by the Presidential Investigations Unit (PIU) found
Perera guilty on all 20 counts including tender
procedure violations, selection of wrong parties as
suppliers, non adherence to transparent decision making,
overlooking registered suppliers with necessary
qualifications, making hurried purchases, submitting
false technical evaluation reports, ordering excessive
numbers of medals and certificates, and willful
destruction of certificates by setting them on fire to
acting outside the ambit of his authority.
Importantly, the PIU found fault with Perera for
violating the trust reposed in him as a public servant
and for taking willful decisions to cause financial loss
to the state.
Following investigations, Director General, PIU, A. A.
Wickremasinghe submitted a report to the Ministry of
Public Administration recommending action against all
eight officials including Perera.
a well known athletics coach was found guilty not only
by the PIU but also the PublicAdministration Ministry.
Subsequent to the two separate investigations, the
Public Service Commission (PSC) has recommended that
Perera be immediately sent on compulsory retirement.
According to the report submitted by the PIU to the
Ministry of Public Administration, investigators have
discovered that fraud had been committed by Perera and
others for several years in collaboration with a company
named Super Sunflower (Pvt) Ltd.
report adds that the said company whenever it made
applications, the documents did not bear a date and had
a registration as name board manufacturers and painters.
Yet, it was registered with the Sports Ministry as a
Besides, since the year 2002, the same company has
printed certificates with 45% of certificates being in
excess. For example, when the requirement was 33,000
certificates, the order had been for 48,000. Some 13,463
certificates have been badly stored and allowed to decay
and subsequently destroyed for which Derwin Perera is
now being held accountable.
three years, the Ministry has sustained a monetary loss
of Rs. 519,975 due to printing certificates in excess by
the same company.
Besides, the same company has been awarded the tender
over and over again for 'urgent purchases' when
certificates are an annual requirement and not an
also faulted Perera for false technical evaluation
reports disqualifying other registered suppliers for the
supply of certificates and medals.
Appealed to the PSC
Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Derwin Perera said he has
appealed to the PSC against the decision to send him on
compulsory retirement but refrained from making further
a firm stand, Sports and Public Recreation Minister
Gamini Lokuge said that the sports field was becoming
increasingly corrupt and that he was pleased that the
PSC has adopted a strong stance against eight officials
who had committed fraud against the Ministry and the
should be no cover. The country's sports are in this
present state due to mismanagement and corruption.
Perera's case is perhaps the tip of the iceberg,"
Minister Lokuge said.
official from the Public Service Commission (PSC) said
it was unethical to comment on an investigation
conducted by the body but confirmed Perera has submitted
an appeal against the decision.
was the former coach of Olympic Games medallist,
Susanthika Jayasinghe, who was cleared of drug charges
on a technical point, while two of his other products (Jani
Chaturangani and Priyadharshini) were found guilty of
taking a banned substance and suspended.