Four MPs imported ethanol sans taxes: Ravi

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Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told Parliament today that four members of Parliament had imported ethanol without paying taxes.

He said so while revealing that a consignment of illegally imported ethanol had come to the port two weeks ago.

Minister Karunanayake who came out with this disclosure during the oral question session in the House said details of this later subject to the approval of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe shortly.

Further he revealed that around 25 consignments had arrived in the country every month during the past few years.

Meanwhile, the minister who responded to a question raised by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said 13.6 million liters of ethanol has been Imported to Sri Lanka in 2014, 10.8 million litres in 2013, and 25.6million litres in 2010. Around 60 companies have been importing ethanol during the past three years. (Yohan Perera)
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  • ab Friday, 20 March 2015 05:04 AM

    Why not take any action. They should be brought to book and tax should be recovered from them via DM Android App

    karu Friday, 20 March 2015 06:07 AM

    Tell this to the Income Tax Dept. They are all the time busy going behind the small businessmen.

    UNP Blood Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:39 PM

    Aney MP Ravi without making more dramma or Bailah....could you request your leader to arrest the criminals and culprits... Everytime.....We see in the news RECORDING..RECORDING...QUESTIONED... RECORDING BUT NO SOUND. MAKE THOSE RECORDING IN SOUND LIKE YOU PROMISED IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. SO AT LEAST PEOPLE THIS COUNTRY CAN LISTEN TO THOSE RECORD SOUND AND REACTION WITHOUT WASTING 100 DAYS. ONLY FEW DAYS TO GO. IF THIS IS NOT DONE, 100% UNP WILL FACE MASSIVE DEFEAT... AFTER MANY DEFEATS PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE GIVEN A CHANCE FINALLY. SO ITS YOUR ALL HAND NOW TO REACT ON THAT

    Prem Nath Friday, 20 March 2015 12:29 PM

    Not only the importers but the customs officers who allowed these consignments to leave the gates without proper documentation and tax payments too should be brought to book. BUT--- Nothing is going to happen sine Mr.RK you are at the helm now.

    Looka Horutika Allapang Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:45 PM

    first you do what you promised, arresting these big thugs and Looka Huru tika. THEN MR. RANIL WILL GET MORE PREFERENTIAL VOTES IN NEXT ELECTION. IF NOT IT WILL BE WASHED OFF. REMEMBER THAT.. NOW PEOPLE NEED ONLY THIS MOVE...EVERYONE IS CLOSELY FOCUSING ON MR. RANIL WHAT HE IS DOING. AS A PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE OUR RIGHTS TO TELL MR. RANIL

    ranga Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:48 PM

    Minister...are you suggesting that importing of Ethanol after paying tax is accepted by the Yahapaalanaya??? I thought it was a question of these being imported to make alcohol...in vain all our votes...

    Peter Friday, 20 March 2015 12:51 PM

    Never ending revelations. But nothing after.

    dilip Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:00 PM

    Dear Mr. Ravi, From December 2014 you people have been singing the same song. We are a bit fed up .We too would like to see culprits punished. So please open your mouth when you have the proof ,and this goes for all of you.

    Euclid Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:05 PM

    Sorry Sir, have heard these fairy tales enough. My vote goes to the JVP. Your party stinks.

    Amila. G Friday, 20 March 2015 01:32 PM

    The government is between the devil and the deep blue sea. Spoke big, Now talk big , still none have been charged . Billions robed . You will have to pay the price.

    brainmaster Friday, 20 March 2015 01:43 PM

    Ravi, we get upset. Give the names of those 4 MPs !!

    OMG Friday, 20 March 2015 01:55 PM

    If I delay the self assessment return and the thousand rupee payment for a month or two Inland Revenue jumps all over me with delegations after delegation visiting my premises.

    Bala Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:44 PM

    You had two months to get the details and the customs and police to take action on the culprits. Straightforward from the import records. Why still talking only. Not like tracing assets overseas, this could have been done in two weeks.

    Cobra Friday, 20 March 2015 08:25 AM

    Their punishment should include paying the relative taxes for these imports plus a 100% penalty to the govt.

    Premalal Friday, 20 March 2015 08:26 AM

    The customs has been fast asleep. The IRD has been on holiday.

    naomal Friday, 20 March 2015 02:09 PM

    Get those 4 goons to justic, only thier cars can go on the roads of Colombo, the other day thier vas this land cruiser vhich vas travelling from Malabe, it vas travelling like a Jetliner, so come on UNP, arrest those culprits, hand them in Galle face, and throv stail eggs on them including the former M

    WK Costa Friday, 20 March 2015 02:17 PM

    Another bluff

    Eds Friday, 20 March 2015 08:37 AM

    Bring them before the law. Mete out justice in a free and fair manner. What the heck are you waiting for ? Christmas ?

    Bala Friday, 20 March 2015 08:37 AM

    All talk only till elections. This offence is easiest to catch from Customs records and get Police to act. This is just to play out the Public as otherwise they could have caught them within two weeks of the 100 days.

    Eric Friday, 20 March 2015 02:29 PM

    Customs only there to harress when a house made come from Middle east bringing some personnel belongings with them. Customs make them queue up for hours in warehouses ordering them to go from one officer to the other like they have done some crime.

    Upul Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:37 PM

    Why cant you guys name the four people? Use According to the information received from ..... in case if you are not 100% sure or scared of getting sued, if you have incorrect information. I hope you must be having some reliable information for you to speak about this in parliament.

    de silva Friday, 20 March 2015 09:05 AM

    If you are sure of the people them reveal the names to the people of this country so that they will not be elected in the next general election.If you cannot then we can,t believe you.

    de silva Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:53 PM

    As a representative of the people of this country you are obliged to disclose names.If not you are not telling the truth.

    dilini Friday, 20 March 2015 09:10 AM

    Mr RK is not a saint himself. People have forgotten the Air Lanka and Sathosa deals he did.Also the allegations against the previous govt was that theministers were misusing power. Minsiter RK is doing the same. He has his brother in law instated at the Sri Lanka Insurance co-operation.

    Premalal Friday, 20 March 2015 09:13 AM

    If you want to find drug dealers, bootleggers, looters, chain snatchers, extortionists, rapists, kidnappers , murderers in one place go to Sri Lanka parliament.

    ahimsa Friday, 20 March 2015 12:43 AM

    UNP BLOOD take it easy cat will jump at the correct time be pation man!

    Nims Friday, 20 March 2015 04:26 PM

    Ravi, dont forget your days are numbered if you dont action against Mahendran.

    Ahimsa Friday, 20 March 2015 12:56 AM

    Ravi, Why not air out the names of the ministers? And the action you would take, Time and pations running out!

    citizen of colombo Friday, 20 March 2015 10:06 AM

    all those questioned by cid and their bank statements checked should be served with estimated income/vat tax assessments on income shown in bank statements,for a start.legal action should follow for offences,tax defaulted and tax penalties.if not inland revenue should be dissolved.this country was ruined by all politicians,government servants,thugs,lawyers,clergy,etc. privatise tax dept.like in singapore for better revenue

    Namith Friday, 20 March 2015 10:06 AM

    Hearing a lot of crimes being investigated, and being brought to light. But the people who committed these crimes are walking around without a care in the world ... WHEN WILL THERE BE AN ARREST ?

    lawry Friday, 20 March 2015 10:24 AM

    Why not name them so we will not vote for them next time. Why do the say Ranil Kole wahala?

    neville godfree Friday, 20 March 2015 01:55 AM

    That is true ,we are fed-up with dramma ,please give some thing new ,some which we can acceptable .Donot forget people are waiting

    iemerald Friday, 20 March 2015 10:47 AM

    HERE IS ANOTHER IDIOT MINISTER COMING UP WITH A LOAD OF BULL.WE KNOW 4 PEOPLE IN THE PREVIOUS REGIME WHO IMPORTED AND DID BUSINESS WITH ETHANOL BUT WE CAN NOT DIDCLOSE NAMES.IF YOU KNOW LET THE PEOPLE KNOW WHO THEY ARE OTHERWISE KEEP YOUR BIG GOB SHUT.

    Nims Friday, 20 March 2015 02:44 AM

    Ravi K, please comment on A Mahendran too.

    hiran Gunawardena Friday, 20 March 2015 05:06 PM

    How about all the money you plundered when yoy were minister before. we all remember SATHOSA via DM Android App

    kan Friday, 20 March 2015 10:52 AM

    If these four MPs has little shame left, they should hand over themselves to the authorities voluntarily.

    bam Friday, 20 March 2015 03:39 AM

    arrest them.soon via DM Android App

    Suq Madique Friday, 20 March 2015 04:12 AM

    Seems many others already knew what you just said. Question now is what are you going to do about it? Lip service will not satisfy those who voted for a change.


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