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Former UPFA MP Rajiva Wijesinha said today that the obtaining of an enjoining order, preventing the publication or circulation of the COPE sub committee draft report on the sale of Central Bank bonds, was a huge blow to the freedom of information.

“We cannot speak about the COPE report till July 23. We accept that. We believe that it would make people realise that the deputy minister of justice is obstructing the freedom of information. Why is the report being suppressed," he asked.

Prof. Wijesinha said he was prepared for a public debate with Deputy Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe over the Bond issue.

He alleged that the UNP had directly intervened in the Bond issue by instructing the Central Bank Governor through UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickreme, General Secretary Kabir Hashim and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and added that it was done to raise funds for the election.

Prof. Wijesinghe said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had also intervened in the Bond issue and this had been proved by his attempts to suppress the investigations.(Ajith Siriwardana)


  Comments - 18

  • jith Saturday, 18 July 2015 11:56 AM

    Do not be so stupid not to see this CB Bond fiasco. Its is shameful to ridicule the learned professor, instead counter his argument if you have something to say. Such below the belt attacks are only a reflection of their limitations of reasoning right from wrong; truth from fairy tale stories; honesty vs dishonesty; educated vs morons

    garawi Sunday, 19 July 2015 05:56 PM

    Rajiv has a personal vendetta against Ranil. If you look at his posting on the web 90% are against Ranil. And most of them are complains he submissively gave in to while he was under MR government. His problem is he thinks he is the best analyst and theoretician in Sri Lanka. He is a stubborn nutty professor!

    garawi Sunday, 19 July 2015 05:58 PM

    A disgrace also to his gentleman of a brother!

    farsighted Saturday, 18 July 2015 12:33 PM

    For many readers of this column, anything done by Ranil is correct and the opposite when it comes to Rajapakse. Some are claiming that an interim report cannot be relied upon and they will come to a final judgement once the final report is out, I bet their stance will not change a bit, whatever the circumstances may be then. They will find an excuse to cling onto their blind loyalty to the UNP and carry on with their mud-slinging at MR, They will not part with their prejudices or fantasies as reality is very unpleasant for them to swallow,

    Bert Sunday, 19 July 2015 01:23 AM

    Rajiva, I do not understand what you are trying to explain. Your speech is gullable to Sri-Lankans but not to the western world.I know your father and mother . They are very decent and respectable fellows. When I was living Sri-Lanka I remember how all the politicians whether left or right used to respect him. Those days your father never sold his soul for cheap gains. But you are completely opposite and I feel You are a disgrace for those wonderful people.

    simon Sunday, 19 July 2015 04:00 AM

    Very True !

    Roddo Friday, 17 July 2015 07:37 PM

    It is not a final document. Adhoc report to suit DEW and the clan

    Sam Friday, 17 July 2015 08:23 PM

    why so scared if there is nothing to hide?? biggest robbery in Sri Lanka, Yahapalana style

    Perumal Monday, 20 July 2015 07:59 AM

    Rajiv must go a step further and say the court that gave the order is ultra vires

    chandana Saturday, 18 July 2015 04:46 PM

    If any wants to make comments on the bond issue please go through at least the draft report. This is in last week Sunday times. There is an opportunity loss 526 million for next 30 years as per the report published.

    bc Friday, 17 July 2015 05:34 PM

    So why there is a term called "enjoining order " in the law??????

    pxx Friday, 17 July 2015 05:34 PM

    Prof. Please let me know where is your mouth situated?

    paul Friday, 17 July 2015 05:38 PM

    It is a shame to see so called educated people uttering such foolish statements. The interim draft report submitted by the Sub committee is solely a guide on which the COPE committee needs to carry out investigations. It is similar to someone putting an entry at a police station and then claiming the entry is true without the police carrying out any investigations!

    Perumal Friday, 17 July 2015 05:40 PM

    Professor, please do not try to muddle our heads with draft reports; Give the final report. Then we will make a fair opinion.

    Citizen Friday, 17 July 2015 05:54 PM

    The Prime Minister should be held responsible for this shameful scam.

    Lima Friday, 17 July 2015 05:56 PM


    patriot Friday, 17 July 2015 06:11 PM

    love it "We believe that it would make people realise that the deputy minister of justice is obstructing the freedom of information. Why is the report being suppressed,"

    Krisna Friday, 17 July 2015 06:16 PM

    UNP and PIN cabinet members are mega robbers not like retail robbers of UPFA which fabricated last six months by the Police Junta of Ranil. So, we need to change this

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