Deputy Minister of Petroleum Industries Sarana Gunawardene is to be questioned by police regarding taking a ransom of Rs.10 million from a scrap iron racket say police sources using the name of a powerful minister in the government.
The Deputy Minister has taken the ransom to allow scrap iron to be removed from a state institution. The businessman who had taken the contract to remove scrap iron has complained to the CID that the Deputy Minister had taken the Rs.10 million ransom in three installments from the businessman and the racket had been carried out using the name of a powerful minister in the government.
The sources also revealed that investigations regarding the incident had been put on hold due to pressure from the Deputy Minister but investigations have now been recommenced.
According to investigations now being carried out the Deputy Minister and Members of Pradeshiya Sabhas who were involved in the scrap iron racket would be questioned within the next two weeks say sources.