Former IGP and Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil, Mahinda Balasuriya’s wife, Asha Balasuriya has set up a clothes shop at the Sri Lankan mission in Brazil, diplomatic sources said.
Asha Balasuriya had maintained close links with well known racketeers when her husband was the IGP and she at the time was known among members of the police force as “senior IGP.”
The sources who gave us the information said that Asha Balasuriya had got down clothes manufactured in Sri Lanka using her diplomatic privileges without paying any taxes and was carrying out her garment business quite lucratively by abusing embassy resources. It is learnt that she has asked all embassy staff to purchase their clothing requirements from her.
A senior External Affairs Ministry official said that many complaints have been received about head of Sri Lankan missions who abuse embassy property for their private businesses. The official added that inquiries are currently being carried out in to the complaints and that necessary steps would be taken afterwards.