Retired Supreme Court judge Nimal E. Dissanayake says in his report that the evidence by one Samantha Gunasekara made it clear that Rs. 261,592,500 had been paid according to Customs receipt no. 97382.
However, the price of an elephant in the open market is between Rs. one million and Rs. 1.5 million.
The person who had acted on behalf of the Dalada Maligawa had clearly committed an offence punishable under the foreign exchange and Customs regulations and the penal code, says the committee report.
Even belatedly, a proper investigation should be conducted and the culprits brought to book, it says.
The committee report also recommends proper coordination among the relevant state agencies to prevent such corrupt acts.