Who is accountable; millions of dollars worth Indian Ship deals are yet to unearth
by Our Defence Correspondent
( January 5, 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commander in Chief has been ordered to postpone the controversial defence deal where the government of Sri Lanka is planning to buy a Gepard 5.1 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) via alleged local intermediator of the Rosoboronexport due to the local political circumstances, reliable sources in the Presidential Secretariat said.
However, no one in the ruling alliance is willing to give a public statement on the issue so far.
Meanwhile, despite the serious shortcomings of two servings ships bought from India recently, third Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel is also underway at the Goa Shipyards, India.
According to the reliable sources, the third ship will be delivered in a few months.
However, “everybody is talking about a Russian ship, but who is concerning the Indian ships. Real corrupted deals are the Indian deals,” a senior serving military officer told the Sri Lanka Guardian.
“Nobody is accountable when we were experiencing deadly shortcomings of those ships bought from India. But, it is clear those behind the scene had earned millions of dollars out of these deals,” he added.
According to the Sri Lanka Navy, the Sri Lanka Navy’s first Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), built at the Indian shipbuilding facility, Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), was commissioned at the Eastern Container Terminal, port of Colombo last year.