President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued directives to the Ministry of Defence to conduct an extensive investigation pertaining to statements made by a former Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Affairs Authority Thushan Gunawardena, over an alleged garlic scam at Lanka Sathosa.
The Head of State issued the directives during the Cabinet of Ministers meeting held yesterday.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet decisions media briefing Minister Bandula Gunawardana said the President instructed the Defence Ministry to carry out an extensive investigation pertaining to various media reports over the incident, in order to uphold the law.
The Minister stated when the complaint was lodged initially the Peliyagoda Police conducted a stringent investigation and arrested the relevant individuals.
He added thereafter the group was produced before Court, following which they were granted bail.
The Minister said the investigations were handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department based on the severity of the crime.
Minister Gunawardana noted the CID arrested four more officials and produced them before Court.