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Probe coal scams from 2009 to 2016: Champika

2018-06-14 01:08:21
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Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint a Presidential Commission with extraordinary powers to investigate the alleged coal scams that took place from 2009 to 2016.

He said the scam which was bigger than the Central Bank’s Treasury bond scam benefited by many while two million of country’s population still suffering due to high electricity tariffs.

Minister Ranawaka said that he has the relevant documents and facts over the scams and will not hesitate to testify and reveal before a Presidential Commission.

Minister Ranawaka requested to probe why it had been allowed the coal tender to the same company during the period from 2009 to 2016.

In line with the Auditor General’s Report on coal tenders during the stipulated period which had been handed over to Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Energy, the minister urged that the committee should expose those who granted the tenders within the period to the same company and those who benefited by the scam.

“Commission should immediately reveal the officials and politicos connected with the scam. It should investigate the role played by the official and non-official agents of the company before the election and after the election period,” he said.

He explained said that several media institutions that obtained coal money launched media fascism to sling mud on several politicians including him, therefore, asked to look into those media institutions.

Minister Ranawaka also requested to find who is behind launching the country’s first communication satellite, ‘Supreme SAT’ and its links with the ‘Torian Co.’, the coal supplier.

He urged to find out whether a group of LTTEers was sponsored by this fund in 2014 when a coal contract was given to a South African country and asked whether it was any pre-planned programme to boycott the elections in North through LTTE during the 2015 Presidential Election. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


  Comments - 15

  • Manel Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:16

    President Sirisena's Rajapassas fright will never launch investigations against Rajapaksas.

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    Mevan Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:22

    "see no evil" and "hear no evil" Sirisena will never launch these investigations.

    Reply : 2       25

    sil Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:56

    See,how he act on wilpattu,he turned blind eye though its illegal,reason to be racial conflict in long term its reflect badly for country, he do the same here, his survival won't take any action

    Reply : 0       2

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:40

    Never ending probes .... ending in rogues going out scot- free.

    Reply : 0       23

    DJ Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:26

    Presidential commissions are bogus time consuming actions just like our judicial system. Just get yourself some extra body gourds and name the entire gang of robbers including the media institutions. Just let the public be the judge's during election time

    Reply : 0       5

    Akila Weerakoon Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:36

    MR is not stupid like you to fund the LTTE which was destroyed by him just six year before the election. You owe us an explanation why you withdrew defamation case against Mawbima when it had clearly named you as the mastermind behind the coal deal

    Reply : 7       11

    Mohamed Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:49

    These buggerss do not have time on serving people and improving the country and except for instigating issues and riots and trying to cover up things - What an unfortunate community we are (Sri Lanka). We, Sri Lankan, are still primitive stage to tolerate such a nonsense from ministers and giving them a chance If it's in another country people would have to the street. I doubt Sri Lankan will grow for next 25-30 years unless next generation learns and produce a good leader ( similar to Canadian). God has given everything for us unfortunately it for wrong people

    Reply : 1       6

    xyz Thursday, 14 June 2018 07:54

    Irony is he was the minister from 2010 to 2016 and Rajapakshe was defeated in early 2015. Go figure it out.

    Reply : 1       8

    Liberal One Thursday, 14 June 2018 07:56

    I wonder whether there is any connection between coal scam and a certain close associate of a certain minister maintaining an offshore account in Panama.

    Reply : 0       5

    Lali Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:03

    What happened to the defamation case against mawbima paper Mr.Minister

    Reply : 0       7

    TJ Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:12

    Sensible request that came too late and fell in deaf ear.

    Reply : 0       3

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:46

    The pathetic truth is since independence, the majority Sinhalese with their leaders have continuously raped this country in all forms i.e. politically, racially, financially, religiously, education-wise, development-wise....

    Reply : 0       6

    Chandrasiri Thursday, 14 June 2018 09:26

    Fully agreed , even recent CB bond scam is not clearly communicated properly to the ordinary people, rather media is talking about cheques and phone calls, Dr. Wijewardana clearly mentioned in his evidence that as per his calculations total loss is 1.5 b(over 30 years) and requested to check bank accounts of all monitory board members. What happens to the 'Nilwala Ganga' project 4 b and hotel project hambantota 4 b?. Recover the money ASAP. All tax money. What has happened to the new courts system?

    Reply : 2       6

    lanka Thursday, 14 June 2018 13:11

    Minister Champika Ranawaka, what the hell were you doing for 3 1/2 years? Is it only now that a general election is coming that you start broadcasting allegations. All talk, no action pack your bags and go home.

    Reply : 1       4

    CITIZEN Friday, 15 June 2018 10:02

    Sir, you have campaigned for this investigation and repeatedly wanted this done. But, why this has not been done so far even after 3 years have since passed and what makes you talk, talk and wait inactive???

    Reply : 0       0

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