AG's Department tarnishing my image: Ravi

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Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake speaking to the media after testifying before the Presidential Commission appointed to probe the Central Bank bond issue said that the Attorney General’s Department was hell-bent on tarnishing his image by calling him before the Commission.

Minister Karunanayake also claimed that certain media houses had tried to hang him without trial but he was able to prove his innocence before the Commission yesterday (2).

“Certain media houses tried to hang me even without a trial. I proved them wrong. I have to say that the officers of the Attorney General’s Department are also trying to tarnish my image and capitalize on it to climb the ladder. They have created a situation where we now find it difficult to have any privacy. We came to power to restore a good governance and run a clean administration. I am one of those that contributed greatly towards this effort. I maintained a clean administration in the Finance Ministry.”

“These are consequences of certain misdeeds carried out by our own fellow politicians. That is the biggest challenge I have ever faced. I can say at this moment that the truth will come out soon. It cannot be concealed. Some media institutions have also tarnished my image for no reason. It is now upto you to correct this injustice. What I have revealed here will be proved. I ask you to look into this. A wrong impression has been created with regards to the ownership of a penthouse. I had my home in close proximity to Parliament even before I entered politics. These are not new things,” he said.

He charged that the Attorney General’s Department was chasing after those who were pursuing good governance instead of going after thieves. “I am happy today because the Attorney General’s Department was able to question a powerful minister of this government. What could have happened if this had occurred during the reign of the previous regime? They would have gone in white vans. We were harassed when we were in the Opposition. When we came to power, our character is assassinated. What have we done wrong? I answered all the questions truthfully. I have nothing to hide,” he said.

Responding to a question raised by journalists that he had told the commission that he had not known about Arjun Aloysius paying the rental for the penthouse for nine months, the minister said that was a lie. "That is not what I said", he said.

“It is something my family bought temporarily. When it was revealed in Parliament, We revealed the true story. It is only then that it became news,” Karunanayake said.

When asked if there was a case of conflict of interest in all of this, he said there was no conflict of interest and added that it wasn’t he who had bought the penthouse in question.

When journalists questioned as to what difference it made whether it was him or his asked if his family that bought the penthouse, he answered “no payment was made. They reimbursed the payment.” (Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • I know the law Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:25 AM

    Let all inside jails for robbery and burglary be free. There are bigger robbers who looted our money are in the open.

    Dinesh Thursday, 03 August 2017 01:00 PM

    Hang him using the necktie he is wearing....

    Any thing of it, if remains Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:28 AM

    Buy (or get Allosias to buy) Brasso and polish your image (if even any shred of it exists )

    Aladeniya Kirimathaya Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:31 AM

    Ravi what is the image you have to tarnish? The whole world knows that you are a liar and a cheater.

    Casanova Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:36 PM

    I second you man, how could someone not read it as it's all written over his face.

    Dr. A.C.B. Jayaweera Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:32 AM

    Mr. Minister, best thing is to resign from your Ministerial portfolio and quit politics and face the forth-coming cases, without lying.

    Lion Viswanathan Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:34 AM

    Look man, behave like a gentleman and don't spoil the good reputation of a prestigious Royal College as I too an old boy.

    Learnt of books ... Thursday, 03 August 2017 05:14 PM

    I too is a product of Royal - ravi remember that - " It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." -- Warren Buffett

    ceylon Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:39 AM

    mahinda gita basil.stolen.thousands of billions but still no inquiry.only statements.fake uno wijedasa teaitor is working for mahinda gang. via DM Android App

    D.E.M. Ocracy Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:17 PM

    Agree Wijedasa Rajapakse shold be kicked out immediately and the the Criminal and Thieves Rajapakses arrested forthwith.

    Laminate Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:40 AM


    IMAGE Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:40 AM

    Ravi - what else can you say , when faced with the media - do you seriously believe that we are all fools to lap up what ever you choose to utter. Sorry mister - there is no way you can recoup your more than tarnished image.

    ceylon Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:41 AM

    expell wijedasa from cabinet.he is only taking salary and benefits for nearly 3 years but nothing done.stupid sirisena destroying country. via DM Android App

    ceylon Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:42 AM

    now country is run by mahinda gota basil robery gang.whats the useless sirisena doing for his salary . via DM Android App

    Srian Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:44 AM

    You tarnished your image a long time ago....The AG's dept is not responsible for that!!

    ceylon Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:48 AM

    justice ministry headed by countrys one of most corrupt man is working openly now for his secret payers. via DM Android App

    Raj Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:52 AM

    How to tarnish what you don't have! Conflict of interest includes the deals done by your close family as well.

    Lal.Fernando Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:54 AM

    You have no image to be tarnished. The whole world is laughing at us.

    Vajira Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:03 AM

    I think you tarnished the whole country image as ex finance minister. via DM Android App

    MaluMalu Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:07 AM

    Bass Polish may be used!

    mnsmart Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:11 AM

    We read the questions as well as answers, you will get the reply at the next election

    johan Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:21 AM

    There are boot lickers in AG's Dept. who hide the files of theMR regime thieves

    KOLA KOTIYA Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:39 AM


    AUSLANKA Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:44 AM

    Ravi is guilty as charge. By looking at his body language one can say he is lying big time.

    Ram Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:56 AM

    Did you have any good image to tarnish. Go before a mirror and see

    Brainmaster Thursday, 03 August 2017 01:41 PM

    You proved your innocence How I dont know ....thats NO prove via DM Android App

    SAM SPARROW Thursday, 03 August 2017 01:49 PM

    All the Royalist are the same or he just spoiled Royal college

    Samitha Thursday, 03 August 2017 01:52 PM

    Biggest Joke for the Day .

    lkboy Thursday, 03 August 2017 02:33 PM

    He has an image?

    srinath.gunaratne Thursday, 03 August 2017 02:53 PM

    Disce aut Discede!Shame, Shame, Shame!Bring in the courts not commissions, There is plenty prima facie!

    GET OUT Friday, 04 August 2017 07:09 AM

    AS one of our masters - pulling up my classmate (in the early 50's) said DISCE OUT ! ! )

    sunil Thursday, 03 August 2017 02:54 PM

    Under common law, a husband is bound by all contracts entered into by his wife.

    carlafer Thursday, 03 August 2017 02:54 PM

    I wonder what this family discusses at their, breakfast, Diner or anyother table, that RK doesnt seem to know what his wife and daughter are doing involving millions. Maybe it was small change not worth talking about.

    Ruwan Thursday, 03 August 2017 02:58 PM

    ceylon is trying his best to clean Ravis image. Go ahead via DM Android App

    sAM Thursday, 03 August 2017 02:58 PM

    THIS MAN IS A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. With out any fear in front of public he tried so many stories to prove he is innocent.

    Nic Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:00 PM

    You have proved beyond any reasonable doubt that you are guilty of impropriety and conduct unbecoming of an elected public official. You have NOT established any innocence.The AG's Department has done an excellent job in establishing and providing evidence beyond any doubt which casts doubt on you and your wrong doings.

    M.Imtiaz Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:03 PM

    GO ROYAL GO....GO ROYAL GO......

    duminda Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:03 PM

    Biggest thief in the parliament says so.. He should know it is a criminal offence to accuse the AG deparmtne

    saras Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:05 PM

    All our politicians are clean but they have their cactchers todo theier dirty work.

    Harry Friday, 04 August 2017 08:06 AM

    saras - your visit to Psychiatric is overdue! Please rush before a Coma!

    Sunil Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:12 PM

    Your innocence will not be proved at all, merely by a statement that you have made. We will wait until PCoI submits its report. HE the President and RW will wait even after that.

    Tissa Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:31 PM

    “Now, there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from Sri lankan parents and Sri lankan families, SL homes, SL schools, SL temples and they are elected by Sri lankan citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Sri lankans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks.* - George Carlin *(edited from the original)

    Bonda Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:52 PM

    Totally agreed.

    ceylon Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:47 PM

    ag department filled with corrupt theives.they hide criminals.protect action for biggest theieves who eaten the country. via DM Android App

    Harry Friday, 04 August 2017 08:09 AM

    Guess you are referring to the Bond Deal - the 01st Job of this government? Hoooo!

    JAN Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:55 PM

    RK Have you any image to tarnish after caught Red handed and CWE massacre in UNP as Good minister have you forgotten via DM Android App

    Hiran Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:02 PM

    You need to admire these politicians for their theatrical skills. They loot you left right and center , but goes to the courts and police all smiling as if this is a joke.

    Dilipa Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:11 PM

    Very good Actor! in the wrong trade.

    Dickie bird Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:25 PM

    Evidence speaks for itself.Ravi.K you can not fool all the people all the while.

    Shakespeare Alive Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:36 PM

    For the AG, as you know, was Ravi's angel. Judge, O you gods, how dearly Ravi K lov'd him! This was the most unkindest cut of all; For when the noble great Ravi K saw him stab, Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms, Quite vanquish'd him: then burst his mighty heart. . .

    Pf Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:38 PM

    This is very serious.If happend in Japanalready the minister resigned.These both parties are almost same with diffetent colours.He tarnished the image of this island.Now the public is helpless.I think these people are worst than others.I think finaly Alo...s will disclose every thing to the Commission. via DM Android App Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:40 PM

    Really....? now, what is the image he is talking about? Perhaps the one of himself in his imagination!?

    OPENED A PANDORA;s BOX Thursday, 03 August 2017 05:21 PM

    " able to prove his innocence before the Commission yesterday " -- my foot - he has made matters worse - ravi has opened a " perpetual" box and provided an opening for his wife and daughter to be hauled up before the Commission.

    NEW QUOTATION Thursday, 03 August 2017 05:24 PM

    " News Conferences Doth not make individuals innocent " - source of quote - myself !

    REVELATION Thursday, 03 August 2017 05:32 PM

    " What I have revealed here will be proved." pray - the crowning evidence you have revealed is of onset of memory failure ( Demencia )

    L.P. Perera Thursday, 03 August 2017 05:33 PM

    You have again proven your image

    FAKE Thursday, 03 August 2017 05:43 PM


    Mason Thursday, 03 August 2017 07:09 PM

    Instead of clarifying the ownership, payment etc relating to the Penthouse the Minister is talking about things totally indifferent. Will he, at least now tell the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, so that we may continue to trust him.

    Rodny Thursday, 03 August 2017 07:24 PM

    Hard to get any image even if it is chrome plated... image is now only a shadow of a thief

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 03 August 2017 07:45 PM

    "Lie Low" to escape the brickbats Mr. Minister.

    thiwanka Friday, 04 August 2017 12:47 PM

    like you have an image . lol

    Beauty and the Best Friday, 04 August 2017 12:48 PM

    He will tell that - he only today he realized he has a wife ... Till today he did not know who this women ( called his wife was ) and his daughter is adopted by the women.

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