as the cabinet sub committee probing the 2.4 billion rupees
presidential luxury vehicle deal was zeroing in on President Chandrika
Kumaratunga, a last minute effort was underway by the president to
deflect the issue by producing 48 vehicles for inspection.
the president sought to do was display 48 vehicles hoping it will lead
to the inference all the vehicles were accounted for, thereby
deflecting completely from questions of the failure to follow
government regulations including the involvement of the company
while the cabinet sub committee in a note dated July 16 was accusing
Kumaratunga of misleading the cabinet of ministers and querying who
was responsible for this Rs. 2.4 billion deal, Kumaratunga was issuing
ultimatums to the cabinet to come and view the vehicles by pleading
for yet more time to answer the latest note signed by Ministers K.N.
Choksy, John Amaratunga, Ravi Karunanayake and Mahinda Samarasinghe.