The pumps being used by many filling stations in the country, owned mostly by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, are reported to be substandard.
In January 2015, the Department of Measurement Units, Standards and Services had instructed the CPC to replace them, warning that failure to do so would result in the pumps being sealed.
The then CPC managing director got his officials to randomly check 495 pumps and found that 40 of them pumped fuel erratically.
His report had been sent to the petroleum ministry secretary.
After 09 January 2015, a businessman linked to the government had influenced the CPC through the ministry to buy a stock of pumps from him.