by Saman Indrajith
Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa yesterday raised concern over former Vice Chancellor of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, who was under fire for allegedly misusing university funds, being sworn in as an MP.
Seeni Mohamed Ismail was sworn in before Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as a parliamentarian of the UNF government. He filled the seat which fell vacant following the resignation of M.H.M Navavi of the SLMC.
Rajapaksa said that the Former Vice Chancellor was alleged to have misused funds allocated to the South Eastern University for maintaining his private residence and also paid his electricity and water bills using university funds.
“These facts were revealed before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE). I think former members of the COPE can recall it. The COPE has given instructions to conduct an investigation into the alleged misuse of the university funds. Accordingly, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is carrying out an investigation.
“It is this same person who took oaths before the Speaker this morning (08 June). I was astonished to see that.
I do not have a personal problem with him. This is not a matter of a party. This is the situation of this country right now. This has to be changed.”