Amidst growing confusion over the abrupt non-registration of its vehicles, Sri Lanka`s first-ever, multi-million rupee BOI-approved project assembling automobiles locally with used imported parts, said last week that all attempts to clear the air have so far `run into a wall of official apathy`.
`We don`t know what is happening because the official silence on this crucial business venture is deafening`, said Harsha de Silva, Chairman, Vehicles
`The process of registration was suddenly halted notwithstanding a Supreme Court directive in our favour`, he asserted. `This is grossly unfair because everybody in authority seems to be passing the buck`.
Contacted by the Sunday Island, Motor Traffic Commissioner B. Wijeratne declined to comment.
`I am a senior government official, and it is not for me to say who wanted the registration stopped`, he said.
Asked about speculation that a presidential official had given the directive notwithstanding a Supreme Court directive, Wijeratne replied, `I cannot say anything`.
The Sunday Island learns that the Motor Traffic Department has, in writing, intimated to the Attorney General`s Department that the order had been reportedly given by the Additional Secretary to the President, Gamini Senarath.
However, when contacted yesterday, Senarath denied he gave such an order to stop the registration of vehicles manufactured by this BOI-approved company.
`I am not aware of a presidential directive in this regard`, he said.
Senarath was the former Motor Traffic Commissioner.
`As a company with Japanese collaboration, we are deeply shocked and discouraged by this intervention`, Harsha de Silva complained.
The Vehicles Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., last week filed an application in the Supreme Court for the punishment of the incumbent Motor Traffic Commissioner and Secretary, Transport and Highways Ministry for contempt of court.