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SL’s whole Energy Sector under Manivannan’s microscope! Authority in question?

Sri Lanka’s whole Energy Sector is believed to be under the microscope of R.M. Manivannan, the country envoy to the Dubai-based energy giant ‘Coral Energy’ which currently serves as the main fuel supplier to Sri Lanka, for his unorthodox involvement in the decision-making level at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) in a dangerous bid to jeopardise the authority, sources told LNW.

Manivannan’s name is well-known among Sri Lankans for his infamous ties to the ‘Satellite Saga‘ of Rohitha Rajapaksa, the youngest son of Mahinda Rajapaksa, who claimed that he had sent a Sri Lankan satellite into space during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Manivannan then served as the Owner of ‘Supreme Sat,’ with which the youngest Rajapaksa son had claimed to have launched a satellite into space.

The pieces being put together, the public may have an understanding as to why the current fuel affairs in Sri Lanka are at the centre of a dispute and who is pulling the strings behind the curtain.

Sources on the condition of anonymity told LNW that Manivannan attends the internal meetings of the CEYPETCO and even scolds its Chairperson and higher officials at any given moment in which they disagree with his decisions.

Despite current Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara being very vocal about the fuel crisis in Sri Lanka and his keenness to overcome it on and off the camera, the real question is, who is the actual authority of the country’s Energy Sector? Is it Wijesekara himself as the Minister in Charge, or Manivannan, who thinks he is above everyone else?

LNW earlier divulged a large-scale scandal committed via crude oil imports, where shipments carried a crude oil type inconsistent with the ‘Sapugaskanda’ Oil Refinery, incurring a disastrous loss to the country, and the involvement of a politician in the process.

Accordingly, our readers may understand which political family turned the country’s crude oil affairs into ‘heinous deals.’

In the backdrop, President Wickremesinghe maintaining a silent policy over these events would be another unsolved mystery.


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