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CID probe on Rs.1,300 Mn purchase of communication equipment

Some still in original packing while some others not functioning

26 February 2020 02:27 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The CID, last week, launched an inquiry into the purchase of a large consignment of communication equipment worth Rs.1,300 million in 2016 and 2017 without following proper procedures, an informed source said.

He said some of the equipment were not working while most of the packages containing the equipment had not been opened as yet.

A senior police officer said the equipment had been imported in three consignments and bought from a company in a Middle Eastern country. “Preliminary investigations had revealed that the company, which sold the equipment, is no longer functioning,” he said.

The officer said a retired military officer is to be questioned in connection with the purchase of the equipment while the CID is also investigating an alleged involvement of a relative of a senior politician in the purchase.

He said some ten telephones purchased for the use of VIPs, are no longer working and that the proper tender procedures had not been followed when buying the equipment nor had the advise of police or military intelligence service personnel whose expertise had been sought when buying this equipment. (Sunil Jayasiri)

  Comments - 6

  • Samson Wednesday, 26 February 2020 09:43 AM

    send ranil to where he belong

    cineha Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:15 AM

    We have heard enough of these. Ruling party making allegations against the opposition and the same ruling party members being investigated while in the opposition. Simple fact is both are rouges.

    anura nanayakkara Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:41 PM

    What a tragedy under Yahapalanaya . Who is responsible for what in Sri Lanka these days as mother Sri Lanka had been repeatedly gang raped by politicians and other corrupt officials in govt.

    Ram Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:48 PM

    Relative of senior politician could be Kumarasinghe Sirisena. This kind of imports have taken place under all past regimes with politicians earning commissions. Commissions have been appointed in the past with nil outcome.

    Sirinaga Fernando Wednesday, 26 February 2020 02:46 PM

    The Minister of Defence during this period is now the Chairman of the newly formed Sri Lanka Podujana Nidahas Peramuna. Nevertheless, the new government has initiated the probe and let's see the final outcome..

    garawi Wednesday, 26 February 2020 03:36 PM

    I remember reading that this was imported by the then President Sirisena!

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