"SupremeSAT" cost Rs 460mn obtained from CEB funds: Champika

2017-09-17 23:37:28

The former government had allegedly spent Rs.460 million from the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) funds for ‘SupremeSAT’, the country’s first ever telecommunication satellite, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said today.

He said in the guise of importing coal to the country the money had been allegedly syphoned out by the former president’s son who was responsible for SupremeSAT.

Attending the 21st Anniversary of the CEB retired employees Welfare Society he made the above remark and said some of the responsible individuals were able to taken into custody but released on bail after two days.

Minister Ranawaka said that he had made a complaint over the incident and it is being probed now however not sure whether the justice is being served.

Also he said the person who misappropriate Rs.12 billion from the 18,000 CEB employees EPF had able to release on bail after two days. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 24

  • Royce Monday, 18 September 2017 00:02

    Don't take it out on the Rajapaksa's just because you are being ignored by the PM and the President

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    citizen Monday, 18 September 2017 05:21

    Why is this family not arrested after robbing all these billions from the nation's wealth under so many ministries,

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    Premalal Monday, 18 September 2017 05:49

    All talk but no action. Unless we change this lot wholesale, this country will soon be a failed state and a satellite nation of China. The problem with the Sri-Lankans is that we want change but never change ourselves.

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    ralahamy Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:44

    You arrest one Rajapakse, then the country can see the repercussion. We are already watching the drama with so much protests, strikes and trade union threats just for the Sil Redi case.

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    Snowy Monday, 18 September 2017 07:15

    Hello! You where a minister and ironically the minister in charger of the institution where there the funds where syphoned out. Who approved the transfer of funds? What took you such a long time to reveal this fact. The "empty engineer" claimed that all funds cane from a private company. Where is the action to punish these bandits?

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    CEB employee Monday, 18 September 2017 07:15

    Rs. 460 m. banked in space?

    Reply : 2       42

    OMG Monday, 18 September 2017 08:11

    Whoa ! Get them rearrested quick !

    Reply : 5       42

    NAK Monday, 18 September 2017 08:29

    We all know who you are MR.Pa Cha. We know very well. You have lost your credibility so much that even if you are telling the truth we can not believe you.

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    KOLA KOTIYA Monday, 18 September 2017 09:24


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    BUSHEL Monday, 18 September 2017 15:15

    before the that protest on the loss of billions in bond issue

    Reply : 6       1

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 18 September 2017 09:27

    India has already agreed to provide complete satellite services to SAARC countries through Asiasat, so why spend money when such services can be obtained free.

    Reply : 6       38

    Sunimal Monday, 18 September 2017 13:05

    Because the government is aiming for recognition, not a cost-effective and efficient solution.

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    malij Monday, 18 September 2017 09:35

    There is no way that the former President's son syphoning money from CEB without the knowledge of the minister of Power and Energy at that time and even the subsequent successor getting to know. There were three ministers in charge of the CEB after 2005 namely John Seneviratene who held the post till 2010 and Champika Ranawaka who held it for 3 years after that and then Pavithra for 2 years after that. Considering above, Champaka must have known this very much earlier. Then why was Champaka silent all these years?

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    Bala Monday, 18 September 2017 12:00

    It was during Pavithras time and it was revealed and a case in progress. Champaka was only saying what has happened so far.Minister Ranawaka said that he had made a complaint over the incident and it is being probed now

    Reply : 0       5

    ranmala Monday, 18 September 2017 22:28

    Billion dollar question. Why Silent all these years. Cat is out of the bag. Get the culprits

    Reply : 0       5

    mnsmart Monday, 18 September 2017 09:46

    So the tariff skyrocketed?

    Reply : 0       26

    sigiriya Monday, 18 September 2017 09:49

    So what happened to SupremeSAT. Was it necessary? Was the project completed? What is SpremeSat?

    Reply : 1       39

    MN Monday, 18 September 2017 10:17

    CEB you can now protest and ask for your demands with the Millions spent for the SupremeSAT.

    Reply : 0       4

    Dhammi Monday, 18 September 2017 11:25

    I think it is a part of their longer term plan on developing the country... Most of people see only the negative side of it.

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    Ben Monday, 18 September 2017 17:50

    If all these monies wasted or play out by the top lot in the last regime , Why not get them to sell their assets or get the supporters to go pinde patahya collect the lost monies to free them,It is no use sending them for 2 / 3 or life time to jail. These monies must made into a fund that can give a solid Insurance for all over 65s or 70s So the young couples now strugling to support their old parents can be relived.

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    raj Monday, 18 September 2017 21:40

    I am very sad to say those who have ruined our country is calling for justice. Mahinda and his family ruined our economy and today they are telling us they are honest. If MS and RW don't take action against MR and their immediate family then there is no point in supporting them too.

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    ED Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:59


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    ceylon Tuesday, 19 September 2017 08:41

    some countries have criminal families.all family members are lankaonly such family famous is rajapaksa family.all of them involve with crimes. via DM Android App

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    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:04

    Yet another opportuity for the Sanga Mudalalis to go on Pindapatha to raise funds to cover up this loss incurred due to daylight robbery by the Rajapakses.

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