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I received Rs. 1 mn cheque: Dayasiri

2018-05-25 14:18:49
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While admitting that he did receive a Rs. 1 million cheque from Walt and Row Associates for election campaign in 2015, former Minister SLFP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara today said he was neither an MP nor a member of the COPE, when he received it for election funding.

He told Parliament that it was a cash cheque and added that he could not remember whether it had been signed by Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. owner Arjun Aloysius.

"It was a cash cheque and was not addressed to me. I can't remember whether it had been signed by Aloysius and who encashed it. Someone must have encashed it and used for my election campaign," he said.

He said it was a normal practice in Sri Lankan politics for businessmen to support election campaign of not only Parliamentarians but also of Provincial Councillors and Pradeshiya Sabha Members.

"As I have said earlier I had close business relationship with Arjun Aloysius. When the said cheque, dated July, 13 in 2015 was given to me, I was campaigning for the General Election after functioning as the Chief Minister in the North Western Province," he said.

The MP said he never acted to protect Arjun Aloysius in the COPE by obtaining money adding that he would never do so in the future.

"There are many persons who had obtained money from Aloysius. If the other 3,000 pages of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the bond scam were presented in Parliament, those names would also be revealed," he said.

He said the Government had resorted to a witch-hunt of the SLFP MPs who came out of the Government.

"The Government is slinging mud at us. A case has been filed against former Minister T.B. Ekanayake," he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 73

  • Unchikun Friday, 25 May 2018 14:31

    Aiyo Dayasiri! You do not even know who signed the cheque. This is indication of how many you have got. Your bank account have to be checked. You say your are a good friend of the bank robber. What ethics did you have to sit in COPE proceedings?

    Reply : 8       257

    billy Friday, 25 May 2018 18:00

    he was not in COPE, given that this was revealed after he crossed to the opposition, it can be safely assumed that most who got phone calls from AA, could have received money as well, specially the foot note clan

    Reply : 34       47

    Ex-Voter Saturday, 26 May 2018 08:13

    His memory is suddenly fading ! And we maintain him!!!

    Reply : 1       22

    ja Saturday, 26 May 2018 11:55

    @billy: The bond scam was exposed very much before the parliamentary elections. And by that time everybody in the country knew that Perpetual Treasuries was involved. Dayasiri is a blatant liar who would give a good competition to RK.

    Reply : 1       22

    kukula Friday, 25 May 2018 14:35

    Shame on you.

    Reply : 2       210

    J. Justin Perera Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:55

    Dayasiri is a bluffer but now he is caught by his mouth itself. Dam idiot.

    Reply : 0       24

    R.P. Somaratne [village headman] Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:56

    He is a liar and a cheater like Mahinda his master.

    Reply : 2       24

    Kurunegala Market Sampath Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:57

    Anyway Dayasiri you are a Hora.

    Reply : 0       27

    S. Saliya Rupasinghe Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:58

    Better now he get in to the streets and sing and earn, not to rob and live.

    Reply : 0       21

    Unchikun Friday, 25 May 2018 14:40

    My assessment is that over 90% in parliament are tainted with PT money. Now I think I should contest the next general election.

    Reply : 1       187

    Ceylon Friday, 25 May 2018 14:45

    I dont remember song is very old song.no use to sing it again.people start to vomit when they hear it.

    Reply : 0       140

    zamaan Friday, 25 May 2018 14:49

    'I Can't Remember'. This is their weapon now.

    Reply : 0       155

    B.S. Dayasiri (Boru Sobana) Saturday, 26 May 2018 10:00

    Dayasiri is No.2 Duminda Silva, as his memory too lost.

    Reply : 0       20

    Mandy Friday, 25 May 2018 14:54

    Usual defence of revenge without answering to the charge of accusation.

    Reply : 2       120

    Nelum Kumari, Kurunegala Friday, 25 May 2018 15:00

    "Daya-Sorry" - Is this man a qualified lawyer ? How he passed the final Law Exams like this? These are our Law makers as the MPs are called in western democracies.

    Reply : 2       114

    Lier Lawayer Friday, 25 May 2018 16:21

    Now he can join JJ.A........ associates.

    Reply : 0       47

    Mrs. P.W. Wickramaratne (Teacher, Kurnegala) Saturday, 26 May 2018 10:02

    Is Namal is a qualified Lawyer? Like wise, Dayasiri also not a qualified lawyer - just paid money and added qualifications after his name. He is a street singer, that is true.

    Reply : 1       17

    Sunil Friday, 25 May 2018 15:01

    This has happened after the first bond scam. He should have known better. What a shameful act.

    Reply : 0       99

    Prabhath Friday, 25 May 2018 15:03

    He has obtained the money well after the bond scam came to light and his colleagues were crying foul. If Mr Dayasiri was genuine, he should not have accepted the money. Again, he is rather vague about the matter, "someone must have encashed it and added to my campaign fund" Point is, did he disclose this to the election commission?

    Reply : 0       105

    nandaguptha Friday, 25 May 2018 18:21

    Is there a campaign funding disclosure law in Sri Lanka ?

    Reply : 1       34

    lion Friday, 25 May 2018 15:03

    Very week excuse but the whole country knows what sort of a person you are and also you gave found refugee at the most suitable place for you. The place is non other than the lap of mara.

    Reply : 2       82

    Kevin Friday, 25 May 2018 22:37

    As you seem to be someone who has just landed from some other planet, must make you know that this whole fiasco of bond robbery was Ranils work.

    Reply : 13       11

    Buddhist Friday, 25 May 2018 15:03

    Did Dayasiri declare this money in his income tax return? Is it legal to receive such large some of money for election campaign? If he has violated so many laws can he sit in the Parliament as an MP?

    Reply : 1       95

    manju Friday, 25 May 2018 15:05

    "never acted to protect Arjun Aloysius in the COPE" even after obtaining money from him? We can well and truly believe you.

    Reply : 4       74

    Ram Friday, 25 May 2018 15:11

    Take steps to stop all political funding by business people. Let them contribute to a common government fund and the fund must distribute the fund in some calculated manner to all parties. Then no hanky panky

    Reply : 1       65

    saman Friday, 25 May 2018 15:13

    The Bond Scam happened in February 2015. It was common knowledge who was involved in it by July 2015.

    Reply : 1       67

    Rasheed Friday, 25 May 2018 15:21

    You say that it is the normal practice for businessmen to donate for the election , so what is the return he is expecting for the donation?

    Reply : 1       57

    Nandaguptha Friday, 25 May 2018 18:26

    it is a normal practice through out the world, the business to donate money for election campaigns. They do expect some law changes in favour of their industries. Those countries often have laws to disclose those funders and the amounts. Unfortunately Sri Lanka do not have that sort of election campaign funding laws, that is the reason all this activities take place

    Reply : 2       22

    meloney Friday, 25 May 2018 15:22

    Ranil hora hora hora. Now every one can see all thieves have been under the presidents nose all along.

    Reply : 10       55

    Ceylon Friday, 25 May 2018 20:41

    President is the biggest hora now.his henchmen take bribes in millions.

    Reply : 2       35

    Sanath Friday, 25 May 2018 15:22

    What a lame excuse? He stands naked in the eyes of public.

    Reply : 1       55

    OBSERVER Friday, 25 May 2018 15:54

    ONE GUY CAN NOT REMEMBER WHO OFFERED THE LUXURY APARTMENT AND WHO PAID THE MONTHLY RENT FOR ITONE GUY CAN NOT REMEMBER WHO HAD SIGNED THE CASH CHEQUE

    Reply : 1       56

    pharosdad Friday, 25 May 2018 15:58

    Tax free ? Over to you IRD. Look forward to hearing from you.

    Reply : 1       37

    concern Friday, 25 May 2018 18:19

    IRD only goes after innocent poor people and afraid of them

    Reply : 1       25

    OBSERVER Friday, 25 May 2018 16:01

    HE DOSE REMEMBER THE DATE OF THE CHEQUE,BUT DOSE NOT REMEMBER WHO HAD SIGNED THE CHEQUE. SHOULD WE LAUGH ?

    Reply : 2       48

    Common Sense Friday, 25 May 2018 16:03

    Mr. Dayasiri, please be a gentleman without giving lame excuses. You are saying that it was given by a businessman for your election campaign. Isn't it?If so, don't you think that you are under obligation to that businessman to support him, whenever he requests for any favors in business activities connected to public funds? Don't you think that you have taken an unwarranted favor from a businessman? To me, I feel that it is a bribe in advance.Better you had resigned from your cabinet portfolio. Under these circumstances, you wanted to be a Saint in supporting the no-confidence motion against Hon. PM. Isn't it?

    Reply : 2       49

    Dayan Friday, 25 May 2018 16:18

    This is the type of our law makers. Sri Lanka is not a country which will develop ever. Our voter too is responsible.

    Reply : 0       48

    Wise Donkey Friday, 25 May 2018 17:11

    What was expected from you for this one million by the one who gave you? Tell us the truth. You voted for the no confidence motion and also ridiculed Ravi so we expected you to be a clean man but you are in the same boat, shame.

    Reply : 1       28

    Marlon de silva - Canada Friday, 25 May 2018 17:13

    Doesn't know how these politicians are lying like this. Is it a born habit. Yes people in the country knows about the scam, corruption or fraud had took place in Central Bank and not a single politician or anyone talks about about or published that they have been bribed by culprits who involved. After a such a long period these people are vomiting out that they have been bribed by spending or investing money for future. Cannot trust most percentage of the politicians that they comes power by the votes of innocent people and after forgets. Not only the present, all times Rulers are Cheaters. That's the game in Political Arena and the voters are spectators who suffers.

    Reply : 0       16

    harry Friday, 25 May 2018 17:23

    Dayasiri just vanish into thin air without singing "bailas".

    Reply : 3       22

    sinhabahu Friday, 25 May 2018 17:32

    Like Ravi K mama danne neha Mata mathaka neha ! I think we Sri Lankan need a military government. So we can shoot all these rouges at the Galle face Green in the presence of the public.

    Reply : 4       21

    Jag Friday, 25 May 2018 17:32

    Do you Remember you pay Tax for 1Mn

    Reply : 1       21

    Janaya Friday, 25 May 2018 17:34

    Dear Daya. you tell us what we should do now. cry or laugh. you guys are wonderful patriotic politicians hah hah ha... please tell me personally the actual figure you received from notorious Alosius. and also, how much the Bet man gave you for keeping him in the job without problem.

    Reply : 0       21

    SL Friday, 25 May 2018 17:34

    just direct a Nucklear bomb to Diyawannawa, All dogs who destroyed this country will go to hell

    Reply : 1       21

    Gamaya Friday, 25 May 2018 21:06

    3 cheers to SL. Lets bomb them all!

    Reply : 0       10

    dulan Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:55

    Lets ask Kim Jon-hu or Trump , please

    Reply : 0       5

    Sunil Friday, 25 May 2018 17:45

    You must resign immediately. Bribery is dangerous and no law maker or official should be allowed to be in office if he had accepted such a bribe.

    Reply : 1       19

    rohantha Friday, 25 May 2018 18:08

    Thoththa baba. Join RK

    Reply : 0       24

    Buddhi Perera Friday, 25 May 2018 18:16

    He is a person who voted against RW for his (RW) alleged connections to the bond scam.

    Reply : 0       24

    David Friday, 25 May 2018 18:44

    Dayasiri, Don't try to hide any more. All Sri Lankans- for that matter any human being can guess what's the matter behind the scene. Try not fool the humanity. Accept and retire from politics.Best thing to save the face.Oh dear we trusted you too much. Shame on us than on you.

    Reply : 1       19

    Samanmalee Friday, 25 May 2018 19:00

    If it was a legitimate payment then the cheque would have DJ's name on it, and it would be paid into his bank account.Only reason to write a cheque for cash is to hide the transaction.So why did they want to hide it ?????

    Reply : 0       26

    Sincere Friday, 25 May 2018 19:07

    Even today's montessori kids do not give such an excuse!

    Reply : 0       24

    NAJR Friday, 25 May 2018 19:44

    Kithul gahata negapu minihatath Kiyanna deyak thibunaly.

    Reply : 1       12

    Lankan Friday, 25 May 2018 19:49

    Corrupt politicians hide behind communal issues to hide their criminal acts!

    Reply : 0       13

    Sms Friday, 25 May 2018 20:07

    Now he got the qualification to join JO.

    Reply : 2       16

    kuma Friday, 25 May 2018 20:27

    What a shame daya... Don't tel lise to people when all details were revealed by CID .. now no any genuine political party accepted you in the future here after.. which political party does this man accept as a member..

    Reply : 0       14

    Ceylon Friday, 25 May 2018 20:36

    After truth came out this corrupt fool says he got it.

    Reply : 0       15

    Don Friday, 25 May 2018 20:45

    How many people got one million each by Perpetual Treasuries PLC to spend for elections?Some have got Millions of US Dollars to spend abroad.

    Reply : 0       15

    Freddy Yong Friday, 25 May 2018 20:56

    Just three little words - not I love you BUT 'what a rotter.

    Reply : 0       9

    Gummay Baiya Friday, 25 May 2018 21:06

    Rilasiri cannot compete with RaviK or others robbers of the Disce aut dicsade school. So he "took" only 1 million instead of 1 billion and isn't that an accomplishment?

    Reply : 10       11

    Don Friday, 25 May 2018 21:13

    Normally people are paid for some services provided, how and why this money paid? He must be in jail along with Arjuna Aloysius and Palisena.

    Reply : 0       19

    S.P.Ramkumar Friday, 25 May 2018 21:29

    Dayasiri , you neither faithful to Government and donor,

    Reply : 0       14

    Hamban Friday, 25 May 2018 22:24

    Shame on you, Mr. Dhayasiri.. Are you suffering from DEMENTIA like other corrupt politicians in the ilk of Duminda Silva, Ravi K. etc. ?You are like any other crooked and corrupted politicians. What is your evasive and twisted explanation ? Don't ever think people are fools anymore.

    Reply : 0       16

    Jude Saturday, 26 May 2018 10:31

    Hamban, don't call Dayasiri Mister!! Just call him hora!!

    Reply : 1       11

    Ian Flemings Saturday, 26 May 2018 08:49

    Is it Parliamentary Privilege to Take Bribe ???? RK Penthouse - The List may increase - 007 Film has got many record breaking Series. Hope Sean Connery/ Roger Moor will come out take try these guys in the New Court put them in Jail.

    Reply : 0       5

    E.T. Tennakoon (Retired Principal) Saturday, 26 May 2018 10:05

    Hora...Hora....Hora... Arunth (Dayasiri) Hora....

    Reply : 0       5

    Jude Saturday, 26 May 2018 10:34

    "CAN'T MAKE A SILK PURSE OUT OF SOWS EAR"

    Reply : 0       3

    Ajja Saturday, 26 May 2018 10:59

    Aneda Kiyala... Moong Lajja nathuwa Redi adaganeda inne ...Kaala Kanni...

    Reply : 0       9

    TONY Saturday, 26 May 2018 11:27

    TELL US HOW MUCH MORE AND FROM WHOM DID YOU RECEIVE DONATIONS FOR YOUR ELECTIONS. LET US KNOW EARLY BEFORE THE MEDIA PUBLISH DETAILS. WHAT WAS THE KICK BACK

    Reply : 0       8

    iemerald Saturday, 26 May 2018 12:02

    why do businesses fund politicians? because they demand favours at the end of it, and politicians like it because they get backhanders throughout. that is a fact. why did this dullard accept it? don't ask him because he will lie through his teeth like they all do.

    Reply : 0       8

    Dhammika Sunday, 27 May 2018 14:02

    Without calling these politicians HE they must be refered as HO ( HORU telling BORU ) so that people know their PAST ACTIONS.

    Reply : 0       2

    CITIZEN Sunday, 27 May 2018 14:11

    Well, what is the difference between RK saying he did not know who gave the luxury apartment he was living in and Dayasiri saying he got Rs.1 Million cheque which he cashed and enjoyed BUT he does not know who gave it!!! Now, he wants the AG's office to expose 18 other who got such "santhosam". Is he trying to justify him getting the bribe because others also got it??? These are bloody crooks who shout hoarse at others!!!

    Reply : 0       3

    suma Sunday, 27 May 2018 16:19

    Dayasiri, what do you tell now?

    Reply : 0       3

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