Four Sathosa officers suspended over garlic robbery

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 - 10:00

Four officers of Sathosa have been suspended in connection with the sale of two containers containing 54,860 kilos of garlic issued to the Sathosa outlet network to a third party without any permission.

The officers were suspended was on the instructions of Minister of Trade Dr. Bandula Gunawardena.

The two containers were released to the CWE outlet network on 10 September

However, the Sathosa Chairperson had complained to the Police Crime Investigation Unit that the Sathosa officers had taken action to sell it to a third party and four officers had been suspended and arrested in connection with the incident.

Containers containing garlic have been found in the Mabola and Welisara areas during the ongoing investigations.

The supplier who bought the containers has also been arrested and they are due to be produced in court today.

It is reported that Susiri Perera, the Deputy General Manager of the Sathosa Finance Division is also among the suspended officers.

The amount of garlic contained in the two containers is 54,860 kilograms.

However, the relevant officials had taken steps to sell a kilo of garlic to a wholesale supplier in Pettah who supplies it to Sathosa outlets for Rs. 135. The stock in two containers was sold at a price of Rs 7,406,100.

However, it is reported that the market value of the stock is Rs. 70 million and the Sathosa has incurred a loss of Rs. 63 million due to the incident.

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