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Colombo (Daily Mirror) - The government is reportedly considering decisive action against a high-ranking officer within the Excise Department following allegations of soliciting bribes from liquor manufacturing companies, a source said . 

The source close to the Finance Ministry have disclosed that the implicated officer is accused of seeking cash inducements in connection with the suspension or revocation of liquor manufacturing licenses.  

According to an informed insider, the accused official’s questionable practices involve capitalizing on the closure of one company’s operations. In instances of license suspension, the officer allegedly demands cash bribes from other suppliers poised to benefit from the situation. Also, he is said to seek bribes from the company facing license suspension, promising to facilitate the revocation of the suspension.  

In response to these serious allegations, the government is actively contemplating potential actions to address the misconduct. One significant step under consideration is the examination of properties purportedly acquired with ill-gotten gains linked to the alleged bribery schemes.     


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  • Shalani Tharaka Saturday, 02 December 2023 08:21 AM

    Act without wasting time considering, most top government officials are corrupt. Big tax evasion happening at Havelock city by not registering leases or transfer deeds.

    ERAN Wicks Saturday, 02 December 2023 08:22 AM

    Big corruption everywhere.

    Bandu Saturday, 02 December 2023 08:51 AM

    What contemplating potential actions. By now they should have interdicted the culprit and moved ahead to prosecute, unless the tentacles are deeper or running upwards. Then it will fizzle out - end of teledrama.

    VJ Saturday, 02 December 2023 09:00 AM

    The relevant authorities have the power but still so very reluctant to act decisively. Properties probably registered in the names of relatives. This person may not be a loner, normally its is a network. The senior official may not even touch the money knowing the risks.

    Duminda Saturday, 02 December 2023 09:10 AM

    What is the need to 'consider'? Just move in on the person swiftly and send a very clear message. If they can act swiftly to arrest a Rev Jerome what prevent them from doing so in this instance where where direct government revenue is involved?

    Rob Saturday, 02 December 2023 10:13 AM

    This is the only way to stop all corruptions that Ruined the nation with massive financial theft bribery corruption must be stop compulsory done by government officials day in day out majority are suffering due to this fellows Mr president must encourage to get hold of all crooks for recovery process for this nation and to minimize the poor families suffering..

    Poor citizen Saturday, 02 December 2023 10:56 AM

    Corruption started by politicians have spread to each and every institution, customs, health, schools. society and everywhere like a cancer. Leave top exercise officers, just look at the recent SLC scenario, shooting the messenger by non other than President himself, his Kekille solution. Bet my last dollar, public will never hear about this case again will be swept under the carpet, why another politician getting more rich by covering up for combined top officer and liquor manufacturers. What a pathetic country we are living in. Hate politicians. Can’t wait for next year to kick old corrupt farts out of office!

    NV Jen Saturday, 02 December 2023 11:11 AM

    Is the govt. giving sufficient notice so that the crook can cover up all money trails? Ludicrous.

    Ram Saturday, 02 December 2023 11:19 AM

    Public servants are investigated for quastionable conduct, but the politicians fail to disclose their assets are not dealt with and their life style and the assets are not questioned

    kukula Saturday, 02 December 2023 12:51 PM

    The authorities cannot cast the stone on the offender, because they themselves are offenders.

    saman Saturday, 02 December 2023 01:27 PM

    This is a common secret known to the entire country. Some top politician or his catcher would have not got his share. But don't worry all what we will hear is "Nidos Kota Kidahas Karami"

    Collecting Funds for UNP. Saturday, 02 December 2023 02:19 PM

    The Government is supposed to be contemplating action against the Senior Excise Officer even after evidence has been found. Likewise Government is contemplating action against Shammi Silva and Company of SLC despite revelations by no less a person than the Auditor General. There may be multiple Cases of Corruption in other Sectors too but no finger will be raised against any without the green light from Chief Prosecutor RANIL.

    melville perera Saturday, 02 December 2023 02:49 PM

    catch me if you can - such people are eternally caught and made to eat arab dates and finally discharged for lack of evidence

    Gom bas Saturday, 02 December 2023 08:00 PM

    Passing cloud.nothing will happen

    Sambo Saturday, 02 December 2023 08:28 PM

    From the top to bottom they are all corrupted. Nothing new about it.

    Lalith Sunday, 03 December 2023 07:14 PM

    Nothing but drama..... It's simple.. You can't touch me

    Lion Sunday, 03 December 2023 05:37 PM

    Without of the consent of the top boss this man would not have resorted to this game. Top man hiding in the ministry room may be watching till the deal is done.

    Adwani Monday, 04 December 2023 06:21 AM

    When all the Pots are black, which Pot will have the courage to call the Kettle black. All are involved in Corruptions.


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