Ravi unable to appear before PCoI today: Counsel

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A counsel appearing for former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday informed the PCoI that the minister would not be able to appear at the PCoI today to summoned to do so.

The PCoI had earlier summoned the minister to testify at the PCoI.

Counsel Sandun Gamage appearing for the minister said according to his limited instructions, the minister would not appear before the PCoI today and that the minster had said he would inform the PCoI of the date he would be able to attend the inquiry.

The submission was made at the end of yesterday’s PCoI proceedings by Minister Karunanayake's counsel.

Subsequent to the submission, there was a heated argument between Additional Solicitor General, Dappula de Livera and the minister's counsel.

The ASG was of the view that the counsel should have informed the PCoI about the matter at the beginning of the proceedings and the reason for the failure to appear before the PCoI clearly mentioned.

The counsel said he was instructed by the minister about a Cabinet meeting. Then the Commission questioned the counsel whether Cabinet meetings were normally held in the evening.

However, the ASG was of the view that if the reason was to attend a Cabinet meeting then the reason must be clearly mentioned with the details.

The ASG informed the PCoI that they had not lined up another witness to testify at the PCoI today in place of the former finance minister.

The PCoI also emphasized that it would consider the minister's request and directed the counsel to inform the earliest date on which his client would attend the inquiry.

The Commission made these directions considering the time constraints. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

  Comments - 11

  • Roman Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:11 AM

    Well played Mr ASG! we need more people like this!!

    PR Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:20 AM

    Ravi Karunanayake is a Complete Idiot and selfish cunning man, need to throw out of any good government....!!!

    shanthapriya Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:28 AM

    people will ask is it a Good example to " no one is above the law" under yahapalana govt

    Don Tuesday, 25 July 2017 11:06 AM

    Forget the inquiry and take him to jail. via DM Android App

    ceylon Tuesday, 25 July 2017 11:34 AM

    good to do proprr investigations like this.now the big question is why mahindagotabasilnamal and such multy billion doller robbery people have no such . via DM Android App

    Springer Tuesday, 25 July 2017 02:50 PM

    Whether we like it or not its no secret that politicians make money for themselves for generations to come. We never saw any such news related to scams and abuse by the previous government even when the magnitude of the theft was much bigger. This is because the media was silenced by killing and threatening journalists. This revelation is actually very promising, there is a good degree of transparency demonstrated here, the offenders, even if they hold office as ministers are identified and shamed in public. Hope justice will also be done?

    Smart Aleck Tuesday, 25 July 2017 03:26 PM

    Can you ask them to pay income tax on the illegal earnings?

    daham Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:36 PM

    Now two and half years have passed under this governmetnt who came into power promising that the big wigs of the previous government will be jailed. So far they have failed. That means all they uttered about mahinda and close associates before coming into power are all fabricated lies.

    Smart Aleck Tuesday, 25 July 2017 03:24 PM

    What are the powers of the PCoI? Cannot a warrant be issued through the relevant court to arrest and produce this political joker?

    Vernon Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:49 PM

    Now that the cat is out of the bag, he wants more time to cook up a story, influence others etc. These are standard tactics.

    Mokkan Tuesday, 25 July 2017 06:10 PM

    What is PCol ????


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