The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) has taken legal action against seven individuals, including five staff members of Motor traffic department for allegedly registered nearly 400 vehicles evading customs, causing significant financial losses.
How the investigation began
The Confidential and Intelligence Investigation Unit of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption conducted lengthy investigations on the vehicle, KE-3845 imported to Sri Lanka without custom clearance and subsequently entered into the Department of Motor Traffic database, causing a loss of over Rs. 2,587,500 to the Government.
The above vehicle was taken into the custody of the Bribery Commission on the order of the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court given under case No. 98412/01/2023, and was handed over to Sri Lanka Customs on court order for investigations conducted by them. Suspects involved in the fraud have been identified and action is in progress to take legal action against them.
Information of round 400 more vehicles imported and illegally registered in this manner are being uncovered at present. This has continued for a very long period in a highly organized manner and reported to have caused a loss of over Rs. 05 billion to the Government.