Arjuna blows whistle on CPSTL corruption

‘I have incurred wrath of some ministers for acting against corrupt officials’



Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday said that the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd (CPSTL) had suffered a loss of nearly Rs. 10 mn due to corrupt officials releasing large stocks of petrol, diesel and kerosene after the announcement of fuel price hike.

The latest price hike came into operation at midnight on May 10. The announcement was made a few hours earlier.

Minister Ranatunga said so in response to a media query following a public event at Gampaha yesterday.Ranatunga said that in spite of specific instructions not to issue fuel once an announcement of fuel hike was made, 74 bowsers had secured supplies from CPSTL facilities at Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela at earlier prices.

In addition to stocks released from Muthurajawela and Kolonnawa, some local depots, too, had been involved in the fraud, Ranatunga said.

Ranatunga promised to take punitive action against all employees involved in the racket and hand over the investigation to the FCID. He alleged that he had incurred the wrath of some of his ministerial colleagues for taking action against corrupt practices. (SF)

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