‘Lankatruth’ revealed that the value of assets bought by Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage in his wife’s name was nearly Rs.90 million. Already, a complaint has been filed at the Bribery Commission regarding the Minister’s assets.
In an interview the Minister had with a weekend newspaper he had said he earned Rs.60 million by selling vehicle permits. He has said he got six vehicle permits and he sold them for Rs.60 million. He also has said he gets an annual income of about Rs.20 million from his businesses and assets he owns are worth Rs.80 million.
However, the assets of the Minister that have been revealed are only those in his wife’s name.
Selling vehicle permits received as a Parliamentarian or a minister is illegal and legal experts point out the tax money the government should get has been defrauded by selling the permits.
In budget 2013 a decision was passed so that a permit could be transferred. Minister Aluthgamage’s statement reveals that he had sold his permits before this decision was taken when selling or transferring vehicle permits for Parliamentarians was illegal .