Minister Champika Ranawaka calls on President to appoint a commission to probe fraud in coal imports

Minister Champika Ranawaka calls on President to appoint a commission to probe fraud in coal imports

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka yesterday said the fraud in coal imports is much larger in scale than the Central Bank’s treasury bond scam and urged President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint a Presidential Commission with special powers to investigate the alleged coal scams that took place from 2009 to 2016.

He said that because of fraudulently importing coal through the same company from 2009 to 2016 a bigger fraud than the Central Bank bond scam has been occurred.

The findings of the Auditor General’s report on the coal imports can be looked through a presidential commission and he is ready to hand over all the documents and the facts he has on the coal imports to a presidential commission.

Among the beneficiaries of this coal scam are a large number of politicians, government officials and institution heads while 20 million people are still burdened by high electricity bills.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka made these revelations at a media conference held at his Ministry in Battaramulla yesterday (13).

Speaking further Mr. Ranawaka further said that there has been a massive fraud in the country, as a result coal import process and he was the first to present a scientific analysis on the coal procurement process.

“In the ‘Doom- Boom Economy” (Alapalu Arthikaya) book I explained very clearly under the chapter on coal imports how government acted from time to time to hand over imports of coal to a single company named Nobel Resources,” he said.

Minister Ranawaka said in 2014 the country was told a big lie that a communication satellite, ‘Supreme SAT’ was launched and the company named Torian Co., the coal supplier linked to this satellite has a case against it on coal imports.

He said the Auditor General’s Report on coal tenders for the Norochcholai Lakvijaya Power Plant from 2009 to 2016 submitted on the request of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Energy has clearly showed all these facts.

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