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Court orders immediate arrest of RMV officers

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Colombo Chief Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday (31) ordered the Intelligence Investigation Unit of the Commission to Investigate the Allegations of Bribery or Corruption Colombo to immediately arrest all officials of the Motor Traffic Department (formerly RMV) and those others who were involved in the illegal import of vehicles depriving the Government of over Rs.10 billion in tax money.

The Court ordered the arrest of all the officials who illegally entered data into the information system of the Motor Traffic Department (RMV), as well as the officers who registered them and those who illegally imported these vehicles.

The Court also ordered this division of the Commission to seize six jeeps worth Rs.100 million imported into Sri Lanka depriving the government of Sri Lanka of over Rs.300 million in tax money.

The Colombo Chief Magistrate ordered these be handed over to the Director General of Customs.

When this case was taken up before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s court, the Bribery Commission, which appeared in court on behalf of the plaintiff, stated that it had been revealed that several high officials of the Motor Traffic Department were also involved in the issuance of illegal number plates.

The Chief Magistrate issued this order under the Section 120 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in relation to three Mitsubishi Jeeps and three Toyota Jeeps that were not cleared by the Sri Lanka Customs.

The Magistrate made this order after taking a request made by the Bribery Commission into consideration. The Commission sought an order to hand over the relevant vehicles currently in the custody of civilians to the Sri Lankan Customs for investigation in relation to Sections 136 and 137 of the Customs Ordinance.

The Investigation Unit of the Commission reported the incident to the court stating that the government has lost this amount by not adopting proper clearance procedure by the Sri Lankan customs during the import process of these luxury vehicles.

The Bribery Commission informed the court that these six vehicles are currently owned by several residents of Galle, Avissawella, Kuruvita, Trincomalee and Kaduwela.

The Commission also informed the court that one of the vehicles which was brought to Sri Lanka without being properly cleared by the Sri Lankan Customs under the guise of importing other goods by feeding the false information to the computer data system of the Motor Traffic Department.

Investigations have so far confirmed that about 200 luxury vehicles have been imported into Sri Lanka without proper clearance from the Sri Lankan Customs by submitting false information to the computer data system of the Motor Traffic Department and the same unit has presented the facts to the court on December 8, 2023.

The Bribery Commission filed indictments in Colombo High Court against seven persons, including five officials of the Motor Transport Department, accusing them of depriving the government of tax money by removing the data of a three-wheeler and replacing it with a car of the ‘Mini Cooper’ type on December 22.

(dailynews.lk)

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President meets TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has symbolically distributed freehold deeds to 192 individuals from 13 divisional secretariat divisions in the Batticaloa District. 

This distribution is part of the ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds program, which aims to provide freehold deeds to 27,595 qualified families in the district, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

The ‘Urumaya’ national program is set to grant 2 million freehold land deeds to people across the island, enhancing property rights and security for numerous families.

Following the distribution ceremony, President Wickremesinghe met with TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, also known as Pillaiyan, and party members at their headquarters. 

During this meeting, the TMVP leader expressed his support for the President and confirmed his party’s backing in the upcoming presidential election.

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Deadline for NIC applications extended to June 30

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The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has extended the deadline for individuals over 40 years old to apply for National Identity Cards (NICs) to June 30, 2024. 

Commissioner General of the department Pradeep Saputhanthri stated that the deadline for these applications has been extended to June 30. Originally, the deadline was set for March 31.

This extension was granted in response to requests from Divisional Secretaries, according to the department.

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Highlights from the 16th Nationalised Services Cricket Awards

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The 16th Nationalised Services Award, organized by the Nationalised Services Cricket Association (NSCA), took place in Colombo. 

State Minister for Sports Rohana Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva chaired the event. 

NSCA Chairman Nalin Aponsu and members of semi-state and bank cricket teams attended. 

Awards were presented to teams that participated and won national service cricket tournaments from 2018 to 2024. 

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