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CID raids CPC Chairman's offices 

By M. Asgar

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) raided the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Chairman's offices late on Friday afternoon.

In a sensational development, they also questioned the Secretary of the CPC, Priscilla Samarasingha, who served under the former Chairman, Ashantha De Mel's tenure.

Documents and a computer from the CPC Secretariat used during the same period by the former Chairman were taken into the possession of the CID.

The move is believed to have been connected to the investigations surrounding the "Oil Hedging Contracts" scenario and the allegations of bribery where public officials are said to have been improperly induced in the performance of their duties.

The raid commenced late on Friday afternoon at the Rotunda Towers offices just before the offices closed at 4.20 p.m. and carried on till approximately 8.30 p.m.

Highly placed sources confirmed the action saying that the CID were focusing on the allegations of impropriety and fraud and that the investigators were looking for evidence and information related to the financial transactions.

The same sources commented that this action was long-awaited, expected and may well have benefits to the country though they were unhappy that unlike the former Chairman who immediately resigned, others have not done so and continue to be on paid leave at grave cost to the CPC.

Attempts to reach Petroleum Ministry Secretary, K. Ganegala proved futile.

The Sunday Leader contacted Karunarathna the former Finance Manager at the CPC, who confirmed that he was unaware of this development and that he was still waiting for the CPC to have an investigation in terms of his continued employment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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