Investors say no support
The saga of the Seagull Softwares scam perpetrated
by two Indians which duped thousands here in Sri Lanka continues.
"The Sri Lankan government nor the authorities have pproached
us so there is nothing pending on our part," Sanjay Sudhir,
Economic & Commercial Counsellor for the Indian High Commission
told The Sunday Times FT. "If the Sri Lanka government approaches
us for something, we will assist." Dilip Samarasinghe, Director
of Media and Publicity at the Board of Investment (BOI) said they
have no record of Seagull Softwares (Pvt) Limited having BOI status
or even seeking BOI status. "There are some other companies
who use the name Seagull but these are reputed companies with no
connection to the scam."
Tennakoon, Committee leader for the Seagull victims, is still waiting
for some news from the CID on a letter he handed over to them on
October 25, signed by several other members. "So far, there
has been absolutely no contact or response from the CID. I don't
know if they are conducting an inquiry or if they even need any
additional information from me," he said. The committee members
have drafted a letter to the President as a last ditch attempt at
garnering some sort of response from the authorities.
An investor who wishes to remain anonymous said
the government and the Central Bank are not doing anything. "We
are trying to find any other organizations that can help us out,"
he said. Another investor who also spoke on the condition of anonymity
said, "The latest I have heard of what is happening is from
the newspapers," adding that the lack of support from authorities
is disheartening. "A meeting of some members was supposed to
be held last week but it was cancelled. We are trying to form a
group and exert some pressure on government authorities to do something,”