Cabinet awaits SC decision before acting on FCID

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The Cabinet has decided to shelve a Cabinet Paper seeking to scrap the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) until the Supreme Court adjudicates on the legitimacy of the law enforcement body. 

According to a senior Government minister who wished to remain anonymous, several Cabinet members had called for the paper to be taken up only after the SC ruled on the FCID’s legitimacy. The paper seeking to scrap the investigative entity was submitted to the Cabinet last week. 

The FCID was established by the previous ‘Yahapalanaya’ Government to investigate possible financial fraud of past governments.  

Daily FT understands that the some Cabinet ministers called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to establish a professional investigative mechanism to look into large-scale financial crimes.