Conversation with Aloysius was in 2015: Rajakaruna

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MP Harshana Rajakaruna told Parliament yesterday that his phone conversation with PTL owner Arjun Aloysius was in January 2015, long before he became a parliamentarian.

He said Mr. Aloysius was a family friend. "Mr. Aloysius' grandfather was a close friend of my father and they had known each other even before I was born. I have also known Mr. Aloysius since my childhood," the MP said.

He said as a COPE member, he had not discussed any matter pertaining to the investigations with Mr. Aloysius. "You have to forget friendships and relationships when you are a member of the COPE. This is why we all signed the COPE report and agreed with the recommendations made in it," the MP said and added that there was a sinister move to sling mud at the COPE members.

"These kinds of allegations might be made even against government members, because of the new political culture based on transparency, under the President and the Prime Minister. Therefore we are grateful to both of them for nurturing such a culture," the MP said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Ruwan Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:03 AM

    If you are a family friend of Alocius why you accepted to be a member of COPE probing the Bond Scam via DM Android App

    Palitha Saturday, 18 November 2017 12:24 PM

    So this was planned when Aloysius was in grandmother's womb?

    sy Saturday, 18 November 2017 12:29 PM

    This guy must be thinking people are fools

    Haramanis Saturday, 18 November 2017 12:42 PM

    More "lily white" people are getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar!!!

    Rohantha Saturday, 18 November 2017 01:10 PM

    Wow he can remember calls taken in 2015. What a memory compared to RK

    daham Saturday, 18 November 2017 01:48 PM

    karana kalata pawu meeriya mee se.vindina kalata duk dadi weyi gini se

    karu Sunday, 19 November 2017 02:54 PM

    If you are a genuine man ,you should have disclosed the friendship prior to participating the COPE and resigned from the committee prior to sitting. Now it is useless to utter nonsense(baila) like this Mr. Rajakaruna..In fact, I am too one of your voter,now feels shy for the decision to vote you.

    Thilak Sunday, 19 November 2017 06:39 PM

    Just because you ain't vociferous in parliament nor interested in other affairs in your electorate doesn't mean you a saint. You are just like the rest of the other corrupt bunch of UNPERS eagerly awaiting an opportunity to make some quick millions.

    Jaliya Monday, 20 November 2017 10:12 AM

    The conversation in 2015 must be an important discussion for you to remember well. (And) you want us to believe you had no other contact with a such deep family friend for the next two years..... YOU ARE FOOLING YOURSELF. You have no moral obligation to not accept the position of COPE ..... this is called conflict of interest and you are also guilty for not disclosing such relationship to the commission prior to accepting your seat as a member of COPE.


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