Renowned businessman Harry Jayawardena has reponded to the allegations on illegally releasing a stock of ethanol imported by his company 'Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC (DCSL)' stressing that they are completely false.
Jayawardena was alleged by social media reports that he had released 20 containers of ethanol from the Customs when it is illegal to import ethanol.
Speaking exclusively to LNW, Mr. Jayawardena said he has never acted beyond the law and that the import of ethanol has taken place on lawful grounds.
The reports suggesting that Jayawardena had imported 20 containers is a false reading, he pointed out, revealing that he in fact had imported 74 containers of ethanol, all of which have been released lawfully.
"These container orders were given on around October last year. When the ban was imposed, these containers were being shipped. When they were delivered to Sri Lanka, curfew had been imposed in the wake of Corona. So, I cannot release them can I? Even the credit letters properly ordered last year had been opened. No issue was occurred in the import process. We had to wait till the curfew was lifted to release the containers. Beyond, there is nothing unlawful about the procedure."
The release, however, has been questioned by a few officials of the Finance Ministry, Mr. Jayawardena further revealed, adding that they too have been clarified on the matter as the relevant documents were properly communicated.