The Police are yet to receive an official directive from the Government to commence investigations into former Advisor cum Consultant to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, Vidya Amarapala, whose name has come up for possible involvement in tax related concerns in light of the recent Panama Papers leak.
Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka had requested that the FCID investigate into Amarapala’s involvement. Ranawaka had however pointed out that there was no information of any wrongdoing or illegal activity on the part of Amarapala.
Police Spokesperson, ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said the Government including the Minister of Law and Order was yet to direct the Police including the FCID to conduct investigations. “We have received no complaint either,” he said. Amarapala, the former Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (from 2010 to 2011), had served as an Executive Officer at the IWS Logistics Private Limited from 1991 to 2010, a company under IWS Holdings Private Limited and as a Director of the Sovereign Capital Corporation (a Singapore based company) from 2003 to 2010, both owned by Arthur Senanayaka.
Both, IWS Logistics and Sovereign Capital Corporation were involved in a joint venture. Amarapala stepped down from his post in the Ministry and it is reported that he had done so in order to help facilitate any possible inquiry into the matter.
It is also reported that Ranawaka’s Secretary has been directed to lodge a complaint to the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) to inquire into whether the Sovereign Capital Corporation had been involved in financial fraud including illegal transactions in any way during the said period.