by Hemantha Randunu
Former Army Commander Lt Gen Daya Ratnayake was questioned by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry proving serious acts of fraud, corruption and abuse of power, state resources and privileges for more than three hours yesterday on dismantling of old machines at the former Cement Factory at Kankesanthurai and selling them as scrap iron.
Lt Gen Ratnayake told the commission that a group of persons in defiance of his orders as the Army Commander had dismantled the machines and sold them as scrap iron.
Questioning of Lt Gen Ratnayake had commenced around 9.30 am and continued till 12.30 pm, commission.
The commission would question former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former senior army officers on an alleged fraud at the Kankesanthurai cement factory.
The dismantling of machinery at the factory located in a High Security Zone, began after the end of the war in May 2009 and opening of the A-9 Road to the South.
Several high ranking officials of the Defence Ministry and senior army officers have been accused of earning millions of rupees by selling the cement factory machines as scrap.
The Kankesanthurai Cement factory was commissioned in 1950.