Oct 23, 2017

Financial fraud in importation of jumbo from Burma Featured

A huge sum of money had been fraudulently sent out of the country in the importation of an elephant from Burma for Sri Dalada Maligawa in 2007 by giving an exaggerated price for the animal, a one-member committee of inquiry has determined.

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.

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