Mihin Lanka has paid a loan of Rs.8.2 million for a car (Nissan- N16) which was gifted to Astrologer Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the year 2007, Astrologer Abeygunawardana informed the SriLankan Airlines Commission yesterday.
He informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into irregularities at SriLankan airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka that in 2007 he had received a call from the ex-Chief Security Officer of former President Major Neville Wanniarachchi to collect the particular car from LOLC at Rajagiriya.
“LOLC had only given the key of the car to me and I obtained one-year insurance for the vehicle,” he said.
When State Counsel Chathura Gunathilake questioned about why former President had gifted him such a vehicle he said he had closely associated with the former President and he had been never aware of the real ownership of the vehicle.
Sumanadasa informed the Commission he had used the vehicle for eight-years (2007-2015) and after the change of Government in 2015 the car was taken back by the LOLC.
Earlier it was revealed to the Commission that LOLC had bought 26 cars from the same model to use for SriLankan airlines and Mihin Lanka. It was informed to the Commission that LOLC had borrowed Rs.82 million worth loan from the Seylan Bank for the recovery of these 26 vehicles.
It was revealed to the Commission that Mihin Lanka had paid the lease rental of these vehicles to LOLC. (Yoshitha Perera)
Sil Saturday, 5 January 2019 22:21
Could this government give directions to find the officer, who authorized to pay rental of this car, and recollect amount paid ,as well as to whom other 25 vehicles issued
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VJ Saturday, 5 January 2019 22:42
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully we will get to hear the rest of the story.
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lost lankan Monday, 7 January 2019 08:13
not during our life time mate. we will be lucky if our next generation be informed the rest of the story.
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ben Saturday, 5 January 2019 22:45
Are we joking about these matters.
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GH Sunday, 6 January 2019 00:21
Unfortunately said to have been an Astrologer Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena who is himself never knowing his final days predicting other people's future ups and downs, ridiculous. This guy playing a game to achieve his person goal.
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RP Sunday, 6 January 2019 02:01
If MR cannot do that who else can gift a luxury car to the personal Astrologer?
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Ghost Sunday, 6 January 2019 06:51
A drop in the ocean of crimes he's committed against the people during his tenure; No surprise!
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Jack Sunday, 6 January 2019 07:24
What an expensive gift...using the public money
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Santiago Sunday, 6 January 2019 08:52
Whatever the reason is, the orders of the executive president can not be questioned.
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CITIZEN Sunday, 6 January 2019 09:24
Was that too given on an auspicious date and time (Nakath)?
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channa Sunday, 6 January 2019 14:00
the car has brought an unluck to the astrologer
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Veda-mama Monday, 7 January 2019 14:48
Forget about the bad luck to the astrologer. This is why the country went “down hill”.
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Sanath Monday, 7 January 2019 10:42
These commissions are also a waste of time and money. Ultimately nothing will happen. We know what happent to past commission reports. Do not believe that those who appointed such commissions even read a few pages even of those report. They are just gathering dust!!
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