'False' advertisements by FM: JO files SC petition

31 July 2018 09:30 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Joint Opposition today said it has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the Finance Minister over allegedly misusing public funds to publish newspaper advertisements on fuel prices which contained ‘false’ facts.

JO MP Bandula Gunawardana said the motive of these advertisements, which were focused on fuel prices and pricing formula, was to sling mud at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa through the State media.

“We have nothing against a ministry publishing newspaper advertisements. However, misusing public funds to publish bogus information through the State media to sling mud at individuals cannot be condoned,” he told a news briefing.

He said the advertisements by the Finance Ministry have said that the price of a crude oil barrel was 60 USD during the Rajapaksa regime and a litre of petrol was sold at a price of Rs.157.

“These facts are false. The price of a crude oil barrel was 104 USD during the said time and a litre of petrol was sold for Rs.150,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said they were also mulling legal action over a gazette issued by the Finance Ministry ordering the Customs Department to remove Customs duty of a number of imported items, without the approval of the Cabinet.

He said the gazette has been issued on July 19 in relation with the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed with Singapore.

“This gazette instructs the Customs to remove taxes on a variety of products and items ranging from animal sperms to hair dryers. Minister Lakshman Kiriella recently asked what knowledge medical doctors have about the FTA. We would like to ask what knowledge Minister Kiriella has about this gazette,” Mr. Gunawardana said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


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  Comments - 7

  • das Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:03 PM

    How about delusional proclamations like being able to live on Rs 2500/ per month?

    Ash Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:56 AM

    You have really become a nuisance to the public. Why don't you migrate somewhere?

    Satan Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:22 AM

    To Hell. I am waiting.

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 01 August 2018 10:29 AM

    There is not enough mud in the whole country to be thrown at the dumped dictator.

    GH Wednesday, 01 August 2018 07:14 PM

    Whatever the attempts made on sling mud on His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, the victory of his party coming to power is inevitable.

    Jaya Wednesday, 01 August 2018 07:39 PM

    MR should take a decision about the people who are having crack mind in his team. Still they make jokes to the citizens of this country like when MR was in power.

    Dhammika Wednesday, 01 August 2018 08:54 PM

    BANDU trying to play PANDU again .

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