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The Customs Director General and Pesticides Registrar were yesterday directed to appear in the Colombo High Court on March 2 and show cause why they had released the arsenic and mercury contaminated fertiliser to the importers while a restraining order was in force.
 
Judge Kumudini Wickramasinghe gave this direction when the officer who represented the Customs Director General told court that the fertiliser had been released to the importers and that this was done before the court order was issued.
 
Petitioner’s counsel Ravindranath Dabare told court that on the day it had issued the restraining order the court had directed the High Court Registrar to convey the court order to the defendants over the phone, considering its importance to the people.
 
Mr. Dabare said at the time of the court order the fertiliser was in the custody of the customs.
 
The Centre for Environmental Justice, which is the petitioner in this case, alleged that the Customs Director General had retained the fertiliser in her custody but the Pesticides Registrar had directed her to release the contaminated fertiliser consignment to the market notwithstanding the danger to human beings and the environment.
 
The petitioner alleged that the customs had taken steps to release the fertiliser to the importers after levying a fine and that a part of the fine would be given to the customs officers who initiated the investigation. (T.Farook Thajudeen)
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  • citizen1 Sunday, 26 February 2012 02:41 AM

    Maybe the arsenic was mean't for us while the good stuff to be exported...

    manike Sunday, 26 February 2012 05:27 AM

    Perpetrators should be prosecuted. No wonder cancer is spreading like wild fire in Sri Lanka.

    shantha madawelam Saturday, 25 February 2012 06:35 AM

    That may be a order from a higher rank minister....?

    Herby Padmaperuma Saturday, 25 February 2012 08:50 PM

    This matter in the interest f the General Public, must to thoroughly investigated, and those found uilty, howevere in high ranking position or in political guarwdianship, must e punished to the utmost prescriiption of the Law. Unless there was a substantial monetary consideration, what indicent hurry is there for those handling this lucrative assignment, to expedite the clearing of this dangerous cargo.. Only some Officials, do not kow that Sri Lanka Custom is synonimous with Bribery, Coruption and allied every concievable nefarious activities.
    It was no surprising when the President remarked that at therecent recruitment of Custom Officers, why so many had relenquished top jobs bothe in the Govt. and Pvt. sector to join the Customs. People are closely following this case.


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