Consumer Court Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara today imposed a fine of Rs 3750 on each of the 17 bakers who pleaded guilty for selling under weight bread to consumers.
The Flying Squad Division of Measurement Unit Standards Services Department apprehended the bakers in Colombo during a raid conducted on June 29.
The flying squad officers V.P. Sriyananda, D.G.H. Pattiyawela and G.G. Premasiri had conducted the random raid and arrested the bakers who were manufacturing and selling under weight bread to the consumers.
During the raid the team had also apprehended a pork stall owner who used an unstamped spring balance to weigh pork. He was imposed a fine of Rs 1500 by the Magistrate.
The prosecuting officers J. Saliya Harischandra informed court that they apprehended 21 suspects for allegedly selling under weight bread.
Subsequent to the raid they were ordered to appear before court today. However three of the suspects had not adhered to the order and had absconded court.
The officer moved to issue an arrest warrant against the three absconding suspects. All the other 18 suspects pleaded guilty to the charges and they were imposed fines. The prosecuting officer J. Saliya Harischandra with C.K. Jayalath, K.A. P.V. Ratnapala H.A.D.K. Hettiarachchi and R.G. Perera prosecuted.
Is the raiding of bakeries just a red herring to cover the Government's shortcomings regarding the high cost of living?
Charuni Perera Friday, 16 July 2010 02:50 PM
Fine idea! Then all the ministers, officers of trade should be punished from the introduction of bread and other consumer items hundreds years ago.
ajith Friday, 16 July 2010 10:40 AM
While the bakers got baked by the court the pig too got grilled.
Nawa Venasa Friday, 16 July 2010 10:44 AM
This amount of fine per person is very simple for them and they will jump on to the same business from the following day. Not only bread, fish buns, buns and other varieties of short-eats and pastries contents are drasitically reduced and pricess are increased. Who will look into these. Poor masses are suferring.
ST Friday, 16 July 2010 10:46 AM
what??? just 3750 Rs..for selling underweight bread.. How much money that bakery people would have earned by selling this...
bugger Friday, 16 July 2010 10:50 AM
Why only the sprats but not the sharks?
Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 16 July 2010 11:13 AM
It's fine to fine them! But how about fining those who go on increasing the prices of consumer items: isnt there any punishment for them?
Tm Abay Friday, 16 July 2010 12:58 PM
Another good move. Seems this govt. hav few more things 2 B appreciated apart from wining the war.
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