CID urged to get to the bottom of drug procurement racket



By Rathindra Kuruwita

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) must get to the bottom of the controversy regarding the substandard Immunoglobulin stock, President of the College of Medical Laboratory Science (CMLS), Ravi Kumudesh said yesterday.

Kumudesh told The Island the CID had arrested four health officials including the Director of the Medical Supplies Division of the Ministry of Health for procurement of substandard Immunoglobulin.

Director of the Medical Supplies Division Dr. Kapila Wickremenayake, Assistant Director Devashantha Soloman, Accountant (Supplies) Neran Dhananjaya and the Stock Controller of the Medical Supplies Division Sujith Kumara were arrested, according to Police Media Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa.

The Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court imposed a travel ban on the health officials.

Kumudesh said: “A few days ago, the attorney representing the defence told court that the mastermind behind this scam was in the Cabinet and challenged the CID to arrest that person. Neither the CID nor the President can ignore this challenge.