Sathosa chairman denies involvement in corrupt deal

Sathosa chairman denies involvement in corrupt deal

Sathosa chairman denies involvement in corrupt deal

Written by Staff Writer

03 Jun, 2020 | 10:48 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): The chief of Sri Lanka’s state-owned retail network Sathosa has denied selling canned fish at higher rates to a private company, amidst claims that he has been embroiled in a corrupt deal.

The chairman, Nushad Perera, has been accused of selling around 100,000 tins of canned fish at a higher rate than Rs 100 – the maximum price set by the government.

“A salmon tin that was reduced by the President to Rs. 100, has been sold at Rs. 185 by Nushad Perera to a private food distribution entity,” Asela Sampath, the national organizer of the foundation to protect public rights said.

“These are unforgivable crimes,” he said.

Perera, speaking to News 1st, denied selling canned fish at higher rates., but conceded that he had authorized the sale of canned fish at Rs 98 to a private entity.

He added that the private company must be investigated if they had sold canned fish at a higher cost to another party.

In March, the government had set a ceiling price of Rs 100 for canned fish, and Rs 65 for a kilo of dhal, amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

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