The United National Party (UNP) today defended the court order restraining the publication of the report by the parliamentary Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) on the sale of Central Bank bonds saying the report was not an official document.
Kandy District UNP Candidate and Minister Lakshman Kiriella and Colombo District UNP Candidate Rosy Senanayake told a media briefing that COPE had never issued an official report.
Mr. Kiriella questioned as to why the report was not presented in parliament on June 26 even though the matter was listed in the order paper. He said the Supreme Court had already given a verdict on the bond issue and acquitted those said to have been involved, as such nobody could challenge or raise this matter any more.
Ms. Senanayake said the report which some UPFA members had come up with was not an official COPE document because it had not been signed by any of the members of the COPE sub-committee. She said a copy was sent to her at 11.00 pm the day before it was to be presented in parliament.
Ms. Senanayake said the members of the new COPE committee which would be set up by the new parliament would continue the investigation on the bond issue.
She said Perpetual Treasuries would be dealt with if found guilty of any fraud with regard to the bond issue and added that former Central Bank Governor Nivard Cabraal's sister had also been a director of this company. (Yohan Perera)
Comments - 7
LW Saturday, 18 July 2015 01:15 PM
Why are you frightened about the COPE report, if it is wrong?? You must come before the general public and explain your side of story and let the people decide on 17th August.Your action proves that you have something to hide from the people of this country.
pandora Sunday, 19 July 2015 07:17 AM
This fraud surpass all frauds committed by MR government to the tune of several dozens of Billions and counting.
Mrs World Saturday, 18 July 2015 02:52 PM
Ms Rosy just kick Mahdendran Out from Central Bank.. Rather than spoiling UNP Votes... The people in the village donot understand all these
nandana Saturday, 18 July 2015 03:12 PM
This so called report was written by the MR gang behind closed doors purely worded to misrepresent facts to their advantage. Many important statements given by witnesses were ignored and a biased report was typed. Actually 3 versions were done. It was not prepared with the agreement of the members for the accuracy of contents. That is why it never got tabled due to the objections.
Sikuru Friday, 17 July 2015 08:18 PM
we know that the report shown by the UPFA is not the official report but I hope the UNP will not let the same mistakes repeat in the future to create a better Sri Lanka
Nadee Friday, 17 July 2015 08:49 PM
Defending the indefensible! What the public think will be know on Aug. 18
Damien Friday, 17 July 2015 08:52 PM
The UNP always believes that the public is stupid although the common people are more intelligent than them.
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