Garlic scam: PM instructs CID to refrain from summoning journalists
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to refrain from summoning journalists who had reported the recent Garlic scam.
Speaking at the Cabinet briefing this morning (28), Minister of Mass Media, Dullas Alahapperuma noted that several journalists had been summoned by the CID recently, following their reports on the garlic scam involving Lanka Sathosa.
He stated, however, that the CID has been instructed by the Premier not to summon journalists in relation to investigations being conducted in this regard, and that Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Sarath Weerasekara also apologised to the journalists.
Four officials of Lanka Sathosa were suspended earlier this month after they were found to be involved in selling imported Garlic containers for a lesser price to third-party sellers, unknown to the management of the state-owned institution.