COPE uncovers fraud involved in aircraft lease: Bimal

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It has been uncovered by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) that there has been a fraud involved in cancellation of the lease of aircraft for Srilankan Airlines, MP Bimal Ratnayake told Parliament yesterday.

Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget, Mr Ratnayake who is also a COPE member, said the committee is yet to determine the extent of the fraud.

"The fraud could be Dollars 50 million or might be even higher as 100 million dollars" the MP said.

"Both the present government and the last have robbed the national carrier. One government sold the airline and robbed from the deal while a successive government tried to show it is taking patriotic move to acquire Srilankan but also robbed from the deal. More frauds were involved in leasing aircraft and finally there has been a fraud in cancelling the deal, " Mr Ratnayake added.

He said no government had been able to maintain the national carrier. "The two main political parties which has governed the country has failed to maintain the Srilankan Airlines".

He charged that the current head of the national carrier had also failed to reverse the situation though he is paid a salary of Rs. 7 million per month. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • ceylon Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:07 PM

    all business enterprisess belong to government are using by politicians to rob.then why still keeping under government without privertise. via DM Android App

    city Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:30 AM

    Privatize with these guys????

    Apex Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:39 AM

    I agree with 'City'.To turnaround, we need a new strategic Management at the Apex.

    nick Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:12 AM

    so what ur saying is kabir also played out now... via DM Android App

    Neil Thursday, 30 November 2017 09:08 AM

    Hope this is not a deliberate ploy to sell the 'award winning' airline in South Asia

    Bala Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:41 AM

    What for any awards (Even Ravi K got one !) but no money in the kitty - eternally losses.

    Mahinda Thursday, 30 November 2017 09:48 AM

    Why Politicians are involve din everything. Why professionals are not involved in it making it transparent to accountants and to auditors during the process.

    sachith Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:00 AM

    Dude, its useless to uncover them. Be like them, rob more and more public money. Then only people will consider to give you power at least by 2030.

    Mandy Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:46 AM

    Yes unfortunately They are masochists. Sri Lankan voters give votes to rogues only - see MR Wmal Gamampila Mahindananda et al Ranil Ravi K etc.

    sachith Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:37 PM

    Ravi K? who is that? I don't remember anyone named Ravi K.. may be a printing mistake :)

    Karu Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:10 AM

    As citizens of the country we are highly disappointed. No end to the corruptions. If the country was under UK, in fact we are sure no so much corruptions would have taken place. The colonial masters had saved lot more than 300 billions rupees for the country when they handed over the country to us in 1948, according to the central bank report issued in 1998 on account of 50 years of independence. In fact if they were the current rulers, they would have robbed all the money.

    Do ul Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:14 AM

    First of all Hon. Bimal has all the salaries of 100 plus staff who earn more than a million rupees at SriLankan, with that he knows that some pilots make more than the CEO.Auditor general is reviewing all the paper work and it has been found to be in order so stop the grandstanding about aircraft lease cancellation.Look at what certain directors and finance. Officers are doing with duty free etc without damaging the airline more.Look at the qualifications of certain high ranking staff and who has no experience should be send away.

    Truth Friday, 01 December 2017 02:22 PM

    Tick-tock-tick-tock.... bye bye UL... oh, I can hear the moaning and groaning now.... oooohhhhhhhhhh

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:25 AM

    Sri Lanka should be a silent partner with 50% of Sri Lankan without having any influence on the management.

    Sincere Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:31 AM

    Pls reveal to us only the transactions where there is no under hand deal.

    John Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:58 AM

    So where is the Board of Directors of the airline in this?They are the ones responsible.I know someone who used to be on it, the word "crooked" comes to mind.

    Dr. Neil magedaragamage Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:28 AM

    The best approach to negotiations in these dealings is to get the representatives of opposing political parties/trade union as observers to negotiation committees/boards to ensure transparency.

    Arnold Thursday, 30 November 2017 05:23 PM

    It will be better to liquidate the airline and spend our hard earned tax money on useful things.


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