The Sunday Leader

Ex President Failed To Pay Duty

by Ranjith Gunawardena

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had allegedly approved the importation of 211 vehicles without paying taxes.

Rajapaksa had approved luxury vehicles to be purchased by his close associates from August 2010 to 2014 December without paying taxes, according to information obtained by the Finance Ministry.

From the year 2010 to August 2015, a total number of 32565 vehicles had been imported to Sri Lanka, investigations by the Finance Ministry further revealed.

From 2015 January to August the same year, government servants had imported 3127 vehicles to the country.

Investigations also revealed that from 2012 to 2014, a total number of 25,433 vehicles had been imported to Sri Lanka.

Most government servants have been found to have sold the vehicle permits they imported and paid for the education of their children.

 

2 Comments for “Ex President Failed To Pay Duty”

  1. maya

    The President, 2010-15: 211 vehicles out of a total of 32565 vehicles imported are 0.65% of total imports to this country. Where is the proof that the 211 vehicles were imported “by his close associates”? Could be well to the government use, presidential use. This news item is not even worth the time publishing it. Please this is our country at stake, report responsibly. No individual is bigger than the country, hence the media has a responsibility to report “FACTS” not “FICTION” based on revenge.
    Having said the above, I appreciate when the writer says “Most government servants have been found to have sold the vehicle permits they imported and paid for the education of their children.” which is true and is why the poorly paid government servants compared to the private sectors are given this incentive. Good reporting, but negative spin.

  2. FordF6

    If SL continues to import vehicles at this rate one would be living out of a car very soon…. just imagine a car instead of house WOW

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