Facts provided to Inland Revenue unreliable
Retired tax instructor of Inland Revenue Department Piyadasa Guruge
stated before the Colombo High Court that the facts in the application
provided by the Intag Apparels (Pvt) Ltd to the Inland Revenue
Department to refund the VAT in the exports could not be reliable.
He made this observation before High Court Judge Sunil Rajapakse when
he was cross-examined by President's Counsel Thilak Marapana appearing
for defence in connection with the biggest ever VAT fraud of nearly Rs.
Piyadasa Guruge also said that the truthfulness of all the details in
the application could not be verified through the computers in the GST
section and for that a field investigation should be conducted. He said
it, when he was cross-examined by the President's Counsel Thilak
When cross-examined by President's Counsel Desmond Gunaratne Guruge
said that certain payments could not be refunded to the businessmen
within 30 days as instructed.
Attorney General filed indictment before the Colombo High Court
against two income tax officers and 12 businessmen in respect of the Rs.
3,996 million massive VAT fraud between November 15, 2002 and July 15,
Retired Deputy Income tax Commissioner Gnanasiri de Soysa Jayatilake,
Deputy Commissioner Ananda Wickramasinghe Ambepitiya, Rasheed Mohamed
Murshid, Bakeer Mohamed Rias, Mohamed Subeire Fausul Amami, Maujul Ameer
Irshad, Nagur Mohamed, Nasmi Mohamed Khamil Kuthubdeen, Abdul Mohamed
Saheer, Sinnaiyah Subramanium, Salaudeen Ashroff Mohamed Khasim Safeek,
Mohamed Ismail Risvin and Sahabdeen Abdullah were indicted in this
The Case is heard in absentia of third, fourth, fifth, sixth,
seventh, eighth, ninth and twelfth as they were absconding the Court.
The case was put off for January 31.