… even after revelation of a change in the composition of LPG
By Shamindra Ferdinando
Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) claims that even after Litro’s senior management was caught lying about the root cause of the LPG gas-related explosions, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) failed to conduct a investigation.
Yesterday (6), SJB spokesperson Mujibur Rahman asserted that the CID did not at least record statements from Litro’s senior management regarding a complaint he filed with the CID on December 3, regarding complaints. gas incidents.
He said so during a press conference at the office of the opposition leader after meeting with a senior law enforcement official attached to the CID. The former UNPer said that on behalf of the SJB he sought clarification from the CID as to why no action was taken against Litro’s senior management.
âIn fact, we believed that the report submitted by an expert committee appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa would elicit a swift response from the government. Instead, this report was shelved. Otherwise, how to explain the failure of the CID to at least record the statements of the top management of Litro â, asked the deputy.
He said Litro chairman and chief executive Theshara Jayasinghe said at a December 20 press conference hosted by the President’s Media Division (PMD) that the composition of propane and Bhutane did not The main reason for the explosions across the country was nothing other than the change in the gas content formula.
Chaired by Professor Shantha Walpolage of the University of Moratuwa, the committee was composed of Senior Deputy Inspector General (SDIG) Deshabandu Tennakoon, Professor Ajith de Alwis from the University of Moratuwa, Professor WDW Jayathilaka from the University Sri Jayewardenepura, Professor Pradeep Jayaweera, Professor Narayan Sirimuthu, Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission, Dr Sudarshana Somasiri, Additional Director General of Technical Services and Sujeewa Mahagama, Senior Deputy Director of the Sri Lanka Standards Institute.
MP Rahman asked whether senior government officials ordered the CID not to investigate the conduct of Litro’s leadership. Responding to another question, the MP said the CID never bothered to register his statement despite filing a complaint over a month ago.
The MP pointed out that gas-related explosions erupted a few months ago after Litro’s top management change. The government brought in Viyathmaga activist Theshara Jayasinghe in place of Anil Koswatte. Recalling how Jayasinghe blasted his predecessor during a hastily organized press briefing at Litro’s main office, MP Rahman asked whether the Treasury had launched an investigation as requested by the disgraced Koswatte.
MP Rahman underlined the responsibility of the Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (Retired) Sarath Weerasekera, to investigate the conduct of the CID. The CID could not ignore the fact that lawyer Nagananda Kodituwakku succeeded in appealing to the Court of Appeal against the two gas suppliers, Litro and Laugfs. In addition to the lawsuit, several other organizations have lodged complaints in this regard with the CID, although the country’s first investigative unit has remained inactive.
The SJB official said he would be raised in parliament later this month. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on the advice of the SLPP, prorogued parliament at the end of the budget debate as the government came under enormous pressure on a range of issues. The MP pointed out that although the CID has launched a high-profile investigation into allegations of liquid fertilizer imports from India following explosive revelations in Parliament about the intervention of Presidential Secretary PB Jayasundera in this case, no one knew the outcome. The police even recorded a statement from Mahinda Illeperuma, the editor-in-chief of “Aruna”. There was another investigation into an aide to the Minister of Public Safety and another aide to Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda looking for LTTE gold, MP Rahman said.
The government and police owe an explanation, the MP said, adding that the public would also like to know what the government has done with a retired judge’s report on Minister of State Lohan Ratwatte’s raids on prisons. of Welikada and Anuradhapura. MP Rahman asked if the CID at least recorded the Minister of State’s statement despite a directive from Minister Weerasekera to investigate the incidents. However, that case has now found its way to the Supreme Court, the MP said.