Accused employees sent on compulsory leave

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Employees accused of being involved in an alleged large-scale diesel fraud at Ambewela Factory belonging to Milco (Pvt) Ltd, have been sent on compulsory leave.

Milco Chairman, Renuka Perera, informed Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera that fuel fraud has taken place in this institution since 2021, while stating that over 45,000 litres of diesel have been sold to private fuel stations by the Ambewela Factory officers.

Perera further informed Amaraweera that an in-depth investigation has commenced in this regard and all accused employees will be sent on compulsory leave until the investigation is concluded.

Amaraweera advised the Chairman that a comprehensive investigation should be conducted to determine whether this fuel fraud has taken place this year as well.

(FT)