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* Former SriLankan Chairman summoned before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry
Thu, Aug 15, 2019, 10:20 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 15, Colombo: Former Chairman of SriLankan Airlines Ajith Dias is due to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) looking into corruption and malpractices committed under the Yahapalana government today (15).

The former chairman has reportedly been summoned before the CID unit of the Presidential Commission to make a statement on the complaint regarding storing paddy in a terminal of the Mattala Airport and causing losses to state institutions.

It has been reported that Mr. Dias has sent a letter using SriLankan Airlines letterhead to Charitha Ratwatta, Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, stating that they are willing to permit the Paddy Marketing Board (PMD) to use the Mattala Airport as a paddy storage according to a request by the government.

Responding to a complaint made, the Police officers attached to the PCoI, who visited Mattala Airport in June to observe the premises, had found that storing of paddy inside the buildings had caused damages estimated around Rs. 5 million.

Meanwhile, Mineral Resources geology professor KM Amarasena is due to make a statement to the police unit of the Presidential Commission today regarding a complaint of illegally exporting gold mixed soils from the gold mines in in Sri Lanka's territory.

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry is also due to hear a complaint regarding irregularities in the supply of vouchers in place of the school uniforms and a complaint regarding the Ceylon Electricity Board.


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