Transfer of Investigation Bureau chief:Customs DG denies union claims | Daily News

Transfer of Investigation Bureau chief:Customs DG denies union claims

Customs Department Director General Chulananda Perera strongly denied claims by unionists that the transfer of S.A.D. Subasinghe who heads the Central Investigation Bureau was in connection with the Rs. 1 billion vehicle fraud scam.

"I am baffled as to why the transfer of this individual is being tainted as a dismissal when in fact the decision to re-shuffle him and another director was done in consultation with the unions," he said. Perera added that Customs was grateful to the work that Subasinghe had done to unearth the large scale corruption scam amounting to Rs.1.262 billion payable as import duty levies on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado TRJ150W vehicles. Customs Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) Director S.A.D.Subasinghe was transferred to the Social Protection Division on Monday. Unionists alleged that Subasinghe who led the investigation into the TRJ 150 vehicle scam was swiftly transferred due to political pressures.

"Subasinghe was not transferred, but was reassigned a better position at the Department," Perera defended. K.G.Nicholas has been appointed as the director of CIB in place on Subasinghe.

Last year, 189 vehicles were detained by the Custom's Central Investigation Division at the Hambantota Port on suspicion that the actual transaction values were not reflected in the invoices submitted to Customs by importers. The vehicles had been imported on concessionary permits given by the govt while many of the consignees were civil servants. However, since investigations were taking longer, the department recovered the additional duties through additional Customs declarations. 


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