Irregularities in coal purchase report fuel debate

Irregularities in coal purchase report fuel debate

Irregularities in coal purchase report fuel debate

Written by Tharushan Fernando

15 Jul, 2016 | 9:06 pm

At a media briefing held at the UNP Headquarters in Sirikotha on Friday, views were expressed on the coal scam.

UNP MP Nalin Bandara alleged that the calculations done and the report submitted by the Auditor General on the alleged corruption that had taken place during the purchase of coal is false. The MP added that false information means that a false picture has been created due to this.

He pointed out that they had shown the Index of 58 dollars as a buying price and that is false. Because the correct figures should be revealed. The 58 dollar index is just an index and based on this, adjustments have to be made.

He further added that the Auditor General has been shown the false picture or they have been given a false idea. And either they have gone wrong or it must be investigated whether they had been given false information

If the Auditor General’s report was based on false information, the Anti-Corruption Front questions as to why answers have not been provided to it for over seven months.

The Anti-Corruption Front questions as to why the Secretary to the Ministry Suren Batagoda who acted as the chief officer of transactions failed to attend the auditor’s review.

The Front has requested Subject Minister, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya to release Suren Batagoda from duties until the investigations into the transactions are concluded.

In a letter to the Minister, the Anti-Corruption Front notes that a group, including Batagoda, are providing excuses to save themselves, without providing a solution to this issue.

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