Velukumar resigns, Senasinghe appointed to COPE

6 July 2016 03:22 pm - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Amidst the investigations into the Central Bank bond scam, the Kandy District United National Party (UNP) MP M. Velukumar resigned from the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) today making way for the appointment of Deputy Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe.

However, Mr. Velukumara said he resigned because he had to attend to other parliamentary work.

Mr. Senasinghe told Daily Mirror that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe nominated him to represent the UNP in the COPE .

“I had been informed by the Prime Minister that he had been nominated me mainly because of my involvement in the anti-corruption drive,” he said.

Mr. Senasinghe is the only member to serve in both oversight committees -- COPE and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

COPE is currently investigating the sale of CB bonds and is expected to summon officials of the Central Bank in connection with the investigations. COPE has also received the Auditor General’s report on the controversial matter. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 13

  • Harry Thursday, 07 July 2016 03:58 AM

    Sharon, Are you insane?

    Bingo Wednesday, 06 July 2016 03:57 PM

    Its very clear in AGs report and in wiki pages what happen with bonds Just taking time to bury the case and no one will remember about this after few months.

    sobers Wednesday, 06 July 2016 04:00 PM

    Velu's performance as a MP has been poor. Only talking nothing in action.

    Sharon Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:36 AM

    Harry, listen to what SS told on Bond Mahendran and then talk...

    Sharon Wednesday, 06 July 2016 04:49 PM

    Great. PM's honesty is so great.....

    Hamza Wednesday, 06 July 2016 04:54 PM

    Good move. Mr. Senasinghe had been ferociously defending the CB governor and the so called scams. He deserves higher responsibilities.

    Ex President Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:58 AM

    Ooh what about copper fraud. via DM Android App

    Truth Wednesday, 06 July 2016 05:08 PM

    Will Senasinghe stand firm against corruption or will he defend the CB BOND SCAM as before as Ranil did and still doing to protect his corrupt friend via DM Android App

    Rasheed Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:37 AM

    It is not honesty, he wanted his people in the COPE.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 06 July 2016 06:01 PM

    Very convenient, indeed!

    Sense Wednesday, 06 July 2016 06:26 PM

    We cannot jump into conclusions by only going by the media and listening to heresay. Without having access to all information and records who are we to judge others. The Auditor General's report is an opinion that he has expressed not an investigation report. These so called CB Bond Scams have been happening for several years and it was not necessary for Arjuna Mahendran to be the Governor for his son in law to have access to sensitive info. he required for any scam.

    shehan Wednesday, 06 July 2016 06:29 PM

    more of YAMAPALANAYA than YAHAPALANAYA. God bless Sri Lanka.

    Humbug Wednesday, 06 July 2016 07:06 PM

    “I had been informed by the Prime Minister that he had been nominated me mainly because of my involvement in the anti-corruption drive,” he said -- PLEASE TELL THE MARINES !

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