No extension for Inland Revenue Commissioner General
Minister of Finance and State Revenue Ranjith Siyambalapitiya told
Parliament yesterday that the service of the present Commissioner
General of Inland revenue would not be extended and assured his
retirement on March 8.
The Minister also stated that the most suitable person with proper
qualifications would be appointed to the post of Commissioner General
He also asserted that he would make a detailed statement with regard
to the report on the VAT fraud forwarded to Finance Ministry by the
Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament at the next Parliamentary
The Minister made this observation responding to a special statement
made by JVP Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa alleging that there was a
plan to extend the service of the Commissioner General of the Island
Revenue Department who is to retire on March 8.
Minister Siyambalapitiya said that the investigation to the VAT fraud
is was initiated on the instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The complaint was made by the Finance Minister. A case against this
VAT fraud in progress before the Colombo High Court. There is a proper
channel in dealing with such matters.
Making a special statement Wimal Weerawansa said the Commissioner
General of Inland Revenue Department who is charged for massive VAT
fraud of Rs. 3.9 billion should be interdicted and an independent
inquiry should be held.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said Minister Ranjith
Siyambalapitiya misled the house by his answer and asked him to answer
the question raised by Wimal Weerawansa.