Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader and Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday challenged Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to sue him for the revelations Dissanayake made with regard to the Rs.1.2 million worth of controversial financial irregularity, allegedly taken place in the import of luxury vehicles involving Minister Karunanayake.
JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake was speaking at a meeting held yesterday themed ‘Debt burden, tax burden and collapsing economy’ at Ginigathhena.
“Since I was challenged by the Finance Minister, to speak against this illegal act outside Parliament before the public, I am now going to reveal everything I know about this, so that he can seek Court case against my allegations and later I can prove in courts, who really is guilty,” he said.
“Among some nine hundred and ten luxury vehicles that were imported into the country, one hundred and thirty 130 vehicles were detained by the Customs for understating value, pending investigations. Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake was directly involved in releasing those vehicles at a time the investigations were going on into the case. He summoned the owners of the vehicles along with the Customs Officials, to whom he ordered to stop the investigations soon,” Mr. Dissanayake said.
The JVP Leader claimed that Finance Minister had ordered the vehicle owners to pay only Rs.1.6 million instead of Rs.15 million as government import tax for each vehicle and get the vehicles released from the said inquiry.
According to him, if the Customs had calculated and collected taxes for the real value of vehicles, the Government could have earned Rs.1500 million (Rs.1.5 billion).
But since the Minister intervened, the Government garnered only Rs.300 million (Rs. 0.3 billion) as taxes from these imported vehicles.
He claimed that due to Finance Minister’s involvement, a loss amounting to Rs. 1,200 million (Rs.1.2 billion) was caused to the Government. (Ranjith Rajapaksha)
Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 13 July 2016 09:07 AM
This may be just one instance where the honourable FM INTERVENES; true to form.
Reveal Wednesday, 13 July 2016 09:51 AM
Quote : "....I am now going to reveal everything I know about this "Yes, please go ahead and reveal all the TRUTH about it to the public as people deserve it.
lkboy Wednesday, 13 July 2016 10:02 AM
This FM is a disgrace!
Laljee/Qatar Wednesday, 13 July 2016 10:14 AM
If these type of corruption still happening under the yahapalana Govt. God bless the innocent public. I personally feels that we haven't got a country Loving Leader after the Hon. D.S and Hon. Dudley senanayake.
Bala Wednesday, 13 July 2016 10:39 AM
And Ministers like MD Banda and U B Wanninayake as well as Gamini Jayasuriya and MDH Jayawardena whoo reigned on principles.
Aba Jayasekera Wednesday, 13 July 2016 10:40 AM
Come on FM, go to Courts and claim a large sum from Anura for damaging your reputation. Otherwise we will always consider you to be a rogue.
Sincere Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:23 AM
Anura deserves a satisfactory reply from FM. That reply will be for the benefit of those who voted for the latter!
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