Son of Bambalapitiya businessman linked to ‘garlic scam’ remanded

Son of Bambalapitiya businessman linked to ‘garlic scam’ remanded

October 23, 2021   04:56 pm

The 25-year-old who was arrested in connection with the ‘garlic scam’ has been remanded until October 26 after being produced before Wattala Magistrate’s Court earlier today.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) apprehended the youth on suspicion of aiding and abetting the pilferage of garlic consignment weighing up to 54,000 kg by forging documents.

The arrestee was identified as the son of the businessman from Bambalapitiya who was taken into custody on suspicion of purchasing the two container loads of garlic valued over Rs. 11 million which was unlawfully removed from Sathosa.

The 55-year-old businessman was placed under arrest earlier this month.

On September 14, two containers carrying 54,000 kilograms of garlic belonging to Lanka Sathosa were taken into custody at Kerawalapitiya after they were allegedly pilfered from the port.

Four officials of Lanka Sathosa, the country’s largest state-owned retail chain, were interdicted over the incident while Sathosa’s Deputy General Manager of Finance was arrested two days later.

On October 11, officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested Lanka Sathosa’s Assistant General Manager of Purchasing, Senior Manager-Supplies, Manager-Supplies and the Manager of the Welisara Wholesale Store, after recording their respective statements with regard to the probes being carried out under the supervision of CID’s director.

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