Mahindananda grilled by FCID

22 June 2015 12:03 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage was quizzed by the Police Financial Crime Investigation Division today over the non-payment of Rs. 39 mn to Lanka Sathosa for purchasing a large consignment of gaming boards during the previous regime.

MP Aluthgamage, who reported to the FCID office in Kollupitiya at 9.00 a.m. was questioned until 12.30 p.m. and a statement was recorded, Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

The former Minister was summoned to obtain his version of the mega deal involving millions of rupees just weeks after the former Secretary to the Ministry of Sports Ret. Maj. Gen. Nanda Mallawarachchi was also quizzed by the FCID.

The FCID says that the Ministry of Sports had ordered Carom and Draughts Boards 14, 000 each in December 2014 through Lanka Sathosa promising to make the payment once the purchase was made.

The goods had been delivered to the Sport Ministry by the Lanka Sathosa, but the payment had not been made to date, according to the FCID.

The Chief Accountant at the Ministry of Sports had refused make the payment for the gaming boards, saying he was not made aware of such a deal by the Ministry officials and no funds had been allocated for such purpose.  

The Daily Mirror learns that the 28, 000 boards came in 17 container loads, had been distributed among the SLFP electoral organizers in the countrywide.  It is also learnt that part of the consignment was distributed amongst 600 employees of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) attached to SLFP backed trade union ‘Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya’.

The purpose of the purchase of such a large number of gaming boards, had been stated in the Sports Ministry documents, as ‘to distribute amongst Sports Clubs in countrywide bid to enhance and develop the Carom and Draughts games.” (KKK)

 
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  • renu Monday, 22 June 2015 07:25 PM

    This is the biggest culprit . Even the wife will give evidence regarding the money he has amassed through such mega deals, He needs to be behind brs soon

    gamaraala Monday, 22 June 2015 07:28 PM

    Is he going to be given nominations to contest next election ?

    Liswom Monday, 22 June 2015 07:38 PM

    He should have been produced before a Magistrate and remanded as the amount involved is millions and not thousands. via DM Android App

    Voter Monday, 22 June 2015 07:42 PM

    So is it surprising that these culprits want Mahinda to come back to have these probes stopped via DM Android App

    mala Monday, 22 June 2015 07:39 PM

    Every charitable act (like this ! ) is a stepping stone to parliament - with apologies to Henry Ward Beecher, who said "....is a stepping stone to heaven"

    Sincere Monday, 22 June 2015 07:42 PM

    Ohhhh my.... Such an innocent fellow also??

    Bubble Banda Monday, 22 June 2015 08:08 PM

    You are wrong putha not in Millions - its in Billions.

    Bubble Banda Monday, 22 June 2015 08:12 PM

    Now itself he had started with his gangsters to threaten Estates Labourers.

    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 22 June 2015 08:22 PM

    He should be kept behind bars for life time for all the dirty deeds he committed.


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