The Trade Unions of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation state that the 40,000 metric tons of substandard diesel has been purchased from Inok in Singapore, the same firm that supplied substandard Petrol earlier.
In 2011, the CPC had imported 20,000 metric tons of petrol from the same firm and managed to only distribute 17,500 metric tons as a majority of the vehicles that used that petrol became subject to mechanical issues.
The then Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premjayantha appointed a 3 person committee to investigate the incident and the committee determined that substandard fuel was imported to the country from the firm in question.
The secretary of the CPC branch of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya Ananda Palitha stated that it is questionable as to why fuel was imported from the same firm once again.
Upon inquiry from the CPC by our news team, member of the board of directors Bandula Saman Kumara stated that the firm in question had been the lowest bidder when tenders were called for the diesel shipment and that based on that the fuel was imported from the Singaporean company Inok.