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Colombo, Feb 11 (Daily Mirror) -The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has initiated legal proceedings against seven individuals, including five Department of Motor Traffic employees, for unlawfully registering around 400 vehicles not cleared through Customs.

According to the Bribery Commission, they possess information regarding the registration of nearly 400 vehicles that bypassed Sri Lanka Customs procedures, resulting in financial losses to the government through fraudulent means.

Investigation officers from the commission have identified specific details about 156 of these vehicles, most of which fall under the luxury category.

Consequently, the Bribery Commission has seized seven vehicles from the current owners and returned them to the Sri Lankan Customs, following court orders.


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  • Abigail Sunday, 11 February 2024 05:26 PM

    What is this nonsense "returned them to the Sri Lanka Customs"? These vehicles are not legally owned by the Customs. They are sent to customs and the seized vehicles will be put up for auction. Please correct your article or people will lose respect for the government.

    E Sarath Sunday, 11 February 2024 05:55 PM

    At last something is happening. All illegal dealings were done with the connivance of corrupt government officials. It is no secret that they were hand in glove with the wrong doers. In turn, they have been handsomely rewarded in the form of bribes by the culprits. Responsible officials, all this time were either mum or turned a blind eye towards illegal activities. No wonder, our society at large has stooped to such low standards.

    ANNECUNT Sunday, 11 February 2024 06:30 PM

    maximum punishment MUST be give if we want to develop our country , just blaming will not do

    Inculcate Zero tolerance to Corruption Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:37 PM

    Good job to the team work in apprehending these corrupt officials. Fine them, cane them

    Customer Sunday, 11 February 2024 06:57 PM

    Well caught. Maximum prison sentence must be given. SL is waking up due to the fear of two states evolving up in one country.

    Can you break the mafia at Customs auction? Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:06 PM

    May be this is just a tip of the iceberg! A thorough investigation is required, any punishment should deter any would be participants. It is no secret that Customs auctions are controlled by a mafia. They do not allow anyone to over bid in order to keep the prices low. Can you break the mafia at Customs auction?

    Zero tolerance to Corruption Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:36 PM

    Good job to the team work in apprehending these corrupt officials. Fine them, cane them

    LAL Monday, 12 February 2024 08:25 AM

    How come vehicles came out from custom Do anyone can take vehicles w/O knowledge of customs

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:49 PM

    Curse of Sri Lanka is corruption, mhow can we achieve economic stability, President can suspend all government employees with allegations of corruption, President should clean up the corrupt parliamentarians who are supporting him in every turn to shield their guilt of corruption and face elections, the masses are now vigilant and looking for honest parliamentarians to be returned to parliament after the forthcoming elections "make hey while the sun shines.

    Rip Winkle Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:59 PM

    Funny how the fraudulent Activites of the RMV have been suddenly noticed by the authorities. Could it possibly have something to do with the upcoming elections? And what about the rest of these vehicles? Afraid to touch them because of who's using them?

    Kamal Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:21 PM

    RMV, Customs, Excise and IRD all need to me cleaned out of the corrupt staff from top to bottom to start with. The idea of confiscating all ill-gained property is a good approach to enforce in addition to life time jail sentences.

    Ram Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:33 PM

    This will be sham where statements are made to show the people that the government is alert to misdeeds of the institutions under the government. These announcements are made to win the votes

    Dee Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:50 PM

    Best is to expose the names of those who registered them illegally. Nature will take care of them. Wives, children, inlaws the whole lot. Mostly would be fin small timers who don’t even have a tax file opened. Wouldn’t be surprised if they are from the category who received social benefits and claims they have no ‘3 square meals’!

    Sam Silva Sunday, 11 February 2024 09:49 PM

    The entire public sector is corrupted starting from the very top. When are you going to investigate their corruptions too and not just this department

    lion Monday, 12 February 2024 05:05 AM

    The real clean up don't happen under existing system. If the investigation found a link to a influential buffoon who has highest political connection then the investigation stops at that place.

    Waco Monday, 12 February 2024 05:09 AM

    Terminate their services ,if found guilty.

    Nimal Monday, 12 February 2024 07:21 AM

    Omg... corruption is rampant in every institution in SL.

    Daya Monday, 12 February 2024 07:37 AM

    MTD few staff .... If you scrutinise their wealth against income sources almost all of them (probably a few exceptions) you might have to charge from top to bottom. Issuing Driver Licenses to vehicle and etc nothing can be done without underhand approach...

    Be Fair Monday, 12 February 2024 08:02 AM

    400 units is a drop in the Ocean. At least somethings happening now. One of the most corrupted institute the RMV. The Citizens are part of this too

    VJ Monday, 12 February 2024 08:18 AM

    I don’t think the RMV is alone in this racket, the customs official and the ports authority must have a hand in these deals. It is a network of thieves. This is treason no ordinary crime. Setup a fast track courts proceedings and punish all offenders accordingly.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 12 February 2024 09:07 AM

    How about the corruption of daily license issuing and driver license testing where absolute corruption is happening for decades? At the end of the day, every employee gets his share.

    Lanka Shantha Monday, 12 February 2024 03:01 PM

    Most of the vehicles had passed through the Colombo Port Gates. There is no corruption and cheating?

    Ron Monday, 12 February 2024 04:27 PM

    One of the biggest corruption place in the planet this fellows are well trained thives massiv staff huge management high officials every one knows how to make money. devolop countries have a system you don't carry file's and file's signature from this fellows that fellow all crook ways It's about time to stop this practice and have a system in place

    Goba Monday, 12 February 2024 05:25 PM

    Yes, release the MP's duty-free vehicles only.


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