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Respondents issued discover over liquor sticker case



 

Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance S.R. Attygalle, Commissioner Normal of Excise M.J. Gunasiri, Madras Safety Printers and Legal professional Normal have been named as respondents.

The petitioner, Rathu Bambarendage Lasantha Kumara, states in his petition that the Excise Division has awarded the tender to the Madras Safety Printers (MSP) with out conducting correct technical analysis OR following tender procedures.

The petitioner has mentioned the introduction of the sticker with a code on bottles and cans value solely 15 cents as per observe adopted in lots of different nations however the Excise Division has determined to spend about two rupees per bottle or can.

The petitioner states that Matara District SJB MP Buddhika Pathirana raised the problem in Parliament on 20 April and the MP identified the questionable observe adopted by the Excise Division to grant the contract to MSP, a blacklisted firm in India in addition to in a number of different nations. MP Pathirana categorically identified that the State would incur a one-billion-rupee loss because of the deal.

The petitioner says the corrupt observe has induced an ideal overseas alternate loss to the federal government of Sri Lanka which is already in a grave state of affairs by way of nation’s overseas reserves.

The petitioner additionally states that the officers of the Excise Division repeatedly engaged in corrupt practices by not amassing dues from the liquor trade both by not implementing correct and clear process or by giving contracts to deprave sellers.

The MSP on many events “whereas taking contracts to produce safety printing stickers of producers has illegally collected exorbitant quantities from such producers and induced monumental losses to the respective States,” and “is a infamous firm world extensively engaged in such corrupt practices,” states the petitioner.

The granting of contract to produce of the foolproof safety stickers and/or Digital Picture Printing on liquor merchandise by way of Excise Notification underneath the Excise Ordinance to MSP is prohibited, illegal, unreasonable, extremely vires and shall be quashed and/or cancelled, says the petitioner.

After contemplating the info submitted by the petitioner, the courtroom issued discover on respondents.

Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC, Attorneys-at-law Dasun Nagasena, Rakhita Rajapakshe, Madhwa Jayawardene and Jayamudhita Jayasuriya appeared for the petitioner.

Senior State Counsel, Suranga Wimalasena appeared for respondents Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance S.R. Attygalle.

Gamini Maparana PC and Naveen Marapana PC appeared for respondent MSP.

 

(island.lk)

 

(Apart from the headline, this story, initially printed by island.lk has not been edited by SLM employees)





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