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Three Customs officials including a superintendent were arrested by the Bribery Commission today for allegedly soliciting a bribe of Rs.125 million in Panchikawatta.

A deputy Customs superintendent and an assistant superintendent were among the arrested.

The Commission said the officials had allegedly asked for a bribe of Rs. 150 million from a spare parts agent to release a stock of spare parts imported for the use of SLTB evading duty.

The three customs officers had allegedly told the agent that the duty of the imported spare parts was amounting to some Rs. 1500 million and that they would release the stock without any duty if they were paid Rs. 150 million. They were arrested while soliciting Rs. 125 million today.

The Commission said this was the biggest such arrest it had carried out so far.(Darshana Sanjeewa)  
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  • Veda-mama Friday, 16 October 2015 02:03 PM

    Exactly....Nothing less than "Death Penalty" for these unscrupulous crooks.

    karu Thursday, 15 October 2015 05:47 PM

    It only shows the magnitude of corruption. How many passed through without detection via DM Android App

    dessy Thursday, 15 October 2015 05:49 PM

    Death Penalty. Nothing less. Good job BC officials, now do not let the files go missing.

    TONY Thursday, 15 October 2015 06:27 PM

    IF BC ACTED WITHOUT A COMPLAINT, THEN THEY SHOULD ALSO START INVESTIGATIONS INTO OTHER CORRUPT DEALS ALSO. USUALLY THE POLICE AND BC KEEP SAYING THAT THEY CANNOT ACT WITHOUT A COMPLAINT

    Bala Thursday, 15 October 2015 06:44 PM

    In the past there was a free licence for any one to make money as the top did the same. Hope this new trend of cleaning the public services of corruption will continue strongly - then the private sector will have to fall in line. It is the publiic sector that solicits bribes just to do wrong and all of us suffer.

    Namal Thursday, 15 October 2015 08:47 PM

    Customs officers already earn more than any other govt servant from commissions, and it it still not enough.

    Sincere Thursday, 15 October 2015 08:48 PM

    BC. Go to Prince Street, Pettah. You will be able to find a lot of cases!

    wb7212 Thursday, 15 October 2015 09:44 PM

    You can imagine the magnitude of bribes that happens in Panchikawatta spare part industry. Just image how the spare part horse and bird was built in Panchikawatta junction ????????


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