An ex-employer of a plantation company has gone to courts alleging that it had defrauded the Government to the tune of Rs. 50 million by engaging in a vehicle racket. Ajith Binal Stembo, who was employed at Kelani Valley Plantation PLC for 20 years before being asked to resign, has filed a writ application in the Court of Appeal, citing among others the Attorney General, Customs Director General Jagath Wijeweera, Motor Traffic Commissioner General S.H. harischandra, Police Chief N.K. Illangakoon and the Kelani Valle Plantations as respondents.
In his petition, Mr. Stembo said he was summoned last year by the chairman and accused of malpractices.The charges included that he had imported vehicles for the company and tampered with the chassis numbers. He said he was asked to tender his resignation.
Mr. Stembo said that due to pressure and unpleasant working atmosphere he accepted a year’s salary that was offered to him and resigned. But in his petition, Mr. Stembo said that it was the company that was involved in such a racket and he had complained to the relevant authorities, requesting that an impartial investigation be carried out. But little had been done.
He charged that the company imported vehicle parts and assembled them in Sri Lanka before registering them under old chassis numbers that had not been registered.
When the case came up before Judge Upali Abeyratne on Wednesday, the company asked time till September 4 to submit written objections.