CID raids CPC Chairman's
By M. Asgar
Criminal Investigations Department (CID) raided the
Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Chairman's offices late on
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.
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.
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
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
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
Attempts to reach Petroleum Ministry Secretary, K.
Ganegala proved futile.
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