Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating Maldives Gas for violating procedure when purchasing Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
ACC President Muavviz Rasheed told RaajjeMV that they received a case of Maldives Gas buying products abroad with inflated prices.
Muavviz said that their initial investigation has shown that Maldive Gas’ purchases went against their procurement procedure.
Receipts of the purchases have been shared on social media, which shows that Maldive Gas had purchased 3,000 gas cylinders from 3DH International at various prices.
On December 11, last year, Maldive Gas bought 1,000 units for USD 630,000, but the receipt, which had signatures of both the procurement manager and finance manager, had discrepancies, since the figure written down in English was USD 904,500.
Another receipt signed by Managing Director Shazail Siyama and the procurement manager, showed that Maldives Gas, on January 22, purchased 1,000 units for USD 705,000. Shazail was appointed MD on January 6.
In March, Maldives Gas purchases 1,000 units for USD 770,000.
Speaking to RaajjeMV, MD Shazail said that gas is never available at the same rate and that they bought their products at market price. He also denied violating procedure and said that ACC has not informed Maldives Gas that it is being investigated.
The previous administration had used MVR 2.5 million of Maldives Gas’ finances to build the mosque near Rehendhi School, as a memorial for then First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim’s parents. Abdulla Maumoon was the Managing Director of Maldive Gas at the time.