ECONOMYNEXT – The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court today seeking legal action against those responsible for the so called sugar scam.
Former JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti and former JVP Provincial Councillor Sunil Watagala filed the petition seeking an order on the Attorney General to institute legal action against those whose actions allegedly resulted in a loss of Rs 15.9 billion in tax revenue.
The Ministry of Finance confirmed the loss in revenue to the Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) in a report earlier this week.
Attorney General Dappula de Livera, Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President P B Jayasundara, Treasury Secretary S R Attygalle and a number of others have been named as respondents.
The petition states that the respondents have violated the fundamental rights of the people by failing to prevent the alleged scam.
Speaking to reporters at the Supreme Court premises today, Handunetti the sugar scam has broken the record set by the treasury bond scam as the biggest scam in the history of Sri Lanka.
“What we urge the Supreme Court to consider is that this is a matter that comes under criminal law and is therefore something that needs to be punished in those terms,” he said. (Colombo/Mar12/2021)