Nimal Siripala reappointed as Minister after being cleared by bribery probe 

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  • Siripala stepped down in July to allow for investigation
  • Report by investigation team handed on Sunday
  • Investigators have absolved de Silva of any wrongdoing

MP Nimal Siripala de Silva

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna MP Nimal Siripala de Silva was sworn in as the Minister of Ports,Shipping, and Aviation once again before the President yesterday.

On 6 July, de Silva temporarily stepped down from his post to allow for a probe on allegations of bribery made by Opposition Leader Saith Premadasa in Parliament at the time. Following these revelations, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordered an immediate investigation into the allegations regarding a transaction made between the Ministry of Aviation Services and the Taisei Corporation of Japan. 

“Accordingly, the President appointed a three-member investigation committee on 22 July led by retired High Court Judge President’s Counsel Kusala Sarojani Weerawardena, and its final report was handed over to the President’s Secretary on July 31,” the President’s Media Division said in a release following de Silva’s swearing-in ceremony. 

The PMD confirmed that according to the committee’s report, Nimal Siripala de Silva has been acquitted of all charges.


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