Insiders say the Chief Registrar of the High Court, Ganga Irani Arachchi, is being investigated by FICAC after preliminary findings in an audit report found she requisitioned $38,000 worth of orders without obtaining proper authorization.
Civil service rules allow department heads to purchase up to $20,000 worth of requisitions without authority.
In this case the audit report found Arachchi had hired rental vehicles from a particular rental agency, Central Rentals, which has close links to the illegal attorney general Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.
Rental cars were hired from this particular agency without tenders being called and three quotes being obtained first.
Almost all the cars are expensive four wheel drives, which are used for service and delivery duties of judicial clerks.
Insiders say such extravagance is totally unnecessary when smaller cheaper cars could easily do the same work. Savings could have gone into something more useful like the upgrading of the public toilets at the government buildings which is an eyesore and a sanitation risk.
A senior accountant was asked to take the fall for Arachchi but refused. He was then moved sideways from the Judicial Department to the Public Service Commission.
An earlier investigation into Arachchi for abuse of office has meanwhile stalled after a directive from Khaiyum to cease investigations.
Meanwhile Uttam Chandra, an investigator at the Legal Practitioners Unit, is being disciplined for getting one of his family members recruited into the Judicial Department without following proper procedures.
The lady relative of Uttam is not qualified but is reportedly being paid better than some longer serving staff members.
An investigation was conducted after a fellow worker complained and Uttam was asked to explain.
His explanation is currently before the Chief Registrar and a copy has been sent to the PSC. We are informed that his contract, which expires next month, will not be renewed.