Sept 16, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today remanded the Deputy General Manager of the Sathosa (CWE) Financial Division Susira Perera who was arrested by the Peliyagoda Police in connection with the investigation into the illegal release of two containers of garlic.
Welisara Magistrate Heshantha de Mel today (16) ordered that the Deputy General Manager of the CWE Finance Division be remanded until the 21st.
Peliyagoda Police arrested the suspect for selling 58,620 kilos of garlic worth Rs. 7.4 million on his own intention to a private trader and misusing of state property.
The Magistrate also ordered the Peliyagoda Police to return the stock of garlic taken into the police custody to the CWE and hand over Rs. 7.4 million to the private trader after the completion of investigations.
The two garlic containers were released by the government on 15/7/2021 in accordance with the Cabinet decision to confiscate the food items stored in the port without owners and release them to the CWE to provide to the public at concessionary prices.
The Special Crimes Investigation Unit of the Peliyagoda Police told the court that the suspect had sold the two garlic containers thus released to a private wholesale trader.
According to the police, the suspect has bought the 2800 bags of garlic stored in cold storage at the port at a price of Rs. 105 per kilo and instead of storing in the CWE warehouse in Welisara had sold the consignment to the private trader for Rs. 135 per kilo through a broker.
The police informed the court that the CWE incurred a loss of Rs. 11.9 million due to the selling of the stock of garlic which was to be sold at Rs. 355.00 per kilo at Sathosa retail outlets, to a private trader at Rs. 135 per kilo.