Customs seeks AG’s advice to act against illegally assembled vehicle racket

By Madura Ranwala

The Customs Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) had sought the advice of the Attorney General in respect of its raid conducted on July 11, 2016 and detection of 62 illegally assembled vehicles in Minuwangoda, a senior CIB officer told The Island yesterday.

Following our expose the consignee has sent letters of demand to the Director of Customs CIB, all the officers who had participated in the raid and this newspaper.

Officers involved in the raid told The Island that they had obtained a court order for conducting the raid.

The Customs had sought the advice of the Attorney General for further action because they have not been able to seize the vehicles yet.

 The CIB was able to uncover a mega vehicle racket amounting to Rs. 248 million. The investigators are helpless as the Customs Director Genral has not directed them to seize the vehicles.

 Customs unions request the government to take action against the racketeers and rake in millions of rupees by way of fines.


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