During his speech President Sirisena claimed that the Chinese Company ALIT had been given a Rs. 2 billion advance at the commencement of the construction of the Lotus Tower and to date there is no record of what happened to that money.
Pelpita states that the ‘National Electronics Import and Export Corporation’ (CEIEC) and ‘Aerospace Long march International Trading' company (ALIT) had worked together with the TRC.
The Cabinet approval for the above two companies was received on October 29, 2010 and on several occasions that the Sri Lankan representatives had gone to China to discuss matters related to the Lotus Tower, the Moratuwa University professors and the tender board officials had met the Chairman of ALIT, Pelpita had stated on his FB post. He notes that he is well aware that all these details are available at the TRC.
The former TRC DG had also posted a photograph of Gotabhaya Jayaratne, the former Education Ministry Secretary who was the Chairman of the Tender Board at the time, meeting with the Chairman of ALIT at their Head Office in Beijing.
In another FB post Anusha Pelpita had stated, “In is in addition to my previous post. I made several oral inquiries from several TRC officers regarding this matter. Based on the Cabinet approval and the Commission in 2012 an advance of Rs. 2 billion was deposited into the CEIEC account. From then on until the completion of the Lotus Towerconstruction, all payments to the contractors had been made through this same CEIEC account number. Prior to all these payments Central Bank approval had also been obtained. Hence, these officers assured me that no such fraud or misappropriation of funds had taken place.
As the former TRC Director General, I urge the officials who gave wrong information to the President tocome forward at least now and accept their mistake. I am greatly regretful of the humiliation that China had to endure in the presence of the Chinese Ambassador.”