*Mahendran was saved from interpol by Yahapalana Government
The prime suspect of the Central Bank bond scam case Arjuna Mahendran has changed his name and living in Singapore safely and happily, former President Maithripala Sirisena claimed today.
He added that when Interpol was on the verge of arresting Mahendran in March 2019 after issuing a red notice for the biggest financial fraud in history of Sri Lanka involving the Central Bank bond issue, a few people highly influential and powerful in the Yahapalana Government had informed the Interpol that the allegations against Mahendran were politically motivated and therefore he must not be arrested and deported.
In a shocking exposure today at the SLFP party office, former President Sirisena told media that he was revealing this information for the first time because people of this country should know about it.
“The trouble between me and the Yahapalana Government started with the Central Bank bond scam. If I did not appoint a Presidential Commission, if I did not attempt to get to the bottom of the fraud and swept it under the carpet, there would not have been any animosity between me and the leaders of the Yahapalana Government,” Mr. Sirisena said.
“The Sri Lankan Government prepared a comprehensive report that consisted of all evidence obtained from the Presidential Commission, the CID, the Attorney General’s Department and other law enforcement agencies and individuals against Arjuna Mahendran.
All of them were concrete evidence against him and more than enough to arrest and deport him. Based on that report, the Interpol issued a red notice on Mahendran and was about to deport him. But the Interpol decided against deporting him after the false report sent by Yahapalana Government hierarchy saying that he was a political victim,” the former President said.
When insisted by the media to disclose the names of those who thwarted the deportation of Mahendran, Mr. Sirisena said he could not specifically reveal their names because all Sri Lankans knew who they are.
“Should I tell you who hand-picked Mahendran as the Governor of Central Bank in 2015 despite vehement protests by me and cabinet members? Should I tell you who took over the Central Bank from the Finance Ministry to a different Ministry? Should I tell you who shared among themselves the ill lucre running to billion of rupees raised with the illegal selling and buying of bonds with the inside information?, Mr. Sirisena asked.
He said those in the Yahapalana Government who were involved in the bond scam got frightened that if Mahendran was brought back and produced in the courts he would expose all those involved in the bond scam, how it happened and who shared the ill gotten money.
Mr. Sirisena vowed that the SLFP would pursue this matter and bring all the criminals involved in the bond scam under a strong government formed under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa after the next election.
“We will not give up our efforts to do justice. We are confident that under the next government led by President Rajapaksa, we would be able to bring back Mahendran from Singapore or from wherever and expose all the wrongdoers involved in the Central Bank bond scam,” he stressed. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
Comments - 36
Sam Wednesday, 03 June 2020 07:53 PM
"Kata Ariyoth Kiyyane Gon Kathawak. Why the hell should he live in his own country under a different name. These are jokes for the people of Pollonnaruwa.
Chux Wednesday, 03 June 2020 07:56 PM
This person talks rubbish as why he couldnt art test who made day light robberies under Rajapaksha
Joker Wednesday, 03 June 2020 07:56 PM
Why did you sign 20,000 times? They must have thought it was a joke and possibly searching for the joker!!!
AMAL Wednesday, 03 June 2020 08:10 PM
Aiyo Sirisena, can you please shut up.
Siri Biris Wednesday, 03 June 2020 08:12 PM
Ayiyo sirisena . You have become a real JOKER now . Better keep your mouth shut . Better late than never . People might think that you are a MAD man jumped out from Angoda .
vince Wednesday, 03 June 2020 08:38 PM
Maithri is the new super sleuth. He has intelligence that even in Interpol has not.
harsha sk Wednesday, 03 June 2020 08:44 PM
You should also escape to Singapore and change your name and live happily. Rajapakeses will definitely arrest you after winning the election because you arrested them. They will never touch Ranil!!!
Ricardo De Lima Wednesday, 03 June 2020 08:48 PM
You should be the first person put on jail
Joshua Wednesday, 03 June 2020 08:52 PM
Thank you for this valuable piece of investigation....but can you first get the biggest robbers arrested in SL including the politicians and the previous bond scam culprits highlighted by the special report
Spartacus Wednesday, 03 June 2020 08:54 PM
Only a Sinhalese will say this type of bullshit
Nimal Wednesday, 03 June 2020 09:11 PM
I hit 21000 athsan with karagata. But no use!
cineha Wednesday, 03 June 2020 09:15 PM
Even u r living happily and safely being the foremost suspect responsible for not taking measures to stop the Easter Sunday bomb blasts. When you speak of Singapore tell the masses as to what you were doing in Singapore even aftermath of the bomb blast. Tell the truth that u were shopping for ur siblings wedding.
CITIZEN Wednesday, 03 June 2020 09:21 PM
AIYO SIRISENA. DO YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A SOLUTION TO EVERY PROBLEM???? LOOKS LIKE THE PROBLEM NOW IS YOU. PLEASE CLOSE YOUR GAP INSTEAD OF PLAYING THE BLAME GAME
Kapila Senaratne Wednesday, 03 June 2020 09:56 PM
Ane Sirisena now you are lying to the public and patting the Pohottuwa. What a shame. People made a huge mistake by electing you as a president. Sorry soul
John H Wednesday, 03 June 2020 10:37 PM
You should be in jail for Easter attack plus other crimes and corruption activities by you n your brood
Yaka Mahattaya Wednesday, 03 June 2020 10:41 PM
Aiyo aho! Sirisena. Pl shut your foul mouth. Shame on you.
Dee Wednesday, 03 June 2020 10:49 PM
A disgrace. A total disgrace. Sad to have voted you in.
Anthony Fernando Wednesday, 03 June 2020 10:53 PM
Seems like he's smarter than interpol. He knew but interpol didn't know that it was false report.
Ashamed to say that he was once our President
Hussain Rahumathullah Wednesday, 03 June 2020 10:57 PM
Both Maithri and Ranil must be rejected by the people in the coming General Election.
Sahan Thursday, 04 June 2020 07:39 AM
Culprits of bond scam during 2005 to 2014 are still happily living in Sri Lanka without changing names. What actions you had taken to arrest them?
Hamid Thursday, 04 June 2020 04:36 PM
Yahapalanaya came to power promising to investigate those,so its their fault,both groups stole national treasury,leaving the country bankrupt
Hari-Sena Thursday, 04 June 2020 08:28 AM
True for once! Mahendran's new name is NIKAN SENA!!!
Hurah Sira Thursday, 04 June 2020 12:55 PM
I regret voting for you! A president that will go down in history as a joker
GHarry Thursday, 04 June 2020 01:37 PM
What did you do as Executive President when Ranil
rew Thursday, 04 June 2020 01:38 PM
Where were you Sirisena when the Bond games were being played 2012 - 2015 ? Also where were you on Easter Sunday 2019 ?`
Mahindananda Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:07 PM
Arjuna Mahendran's pre 2015 counterpart is living freely in SriLanka and supposed to be Senior Financial Adviser to current PM.
Saman Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:12 PM
Please send 21000 signatures of Mahendrans new name and details and immediately sent to Interpol,
Zahran bomb attack deal what about that? Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:20 PM
okay if so what about the deal you had with Zahram bomb attack?
ROCKBOTTOM Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:58 PM
Sirisena please can you do some govikama , you are best for this only you ruined the country
Roshan samarathunga Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:58 PM
His new name is EAGLEMAITHRI
vithura Thursday, 04 June 2020 03:45 PM
Even the village folk will not believe such idiotic statements!
raa Thursday, 04 June 2020 04:25 PM
like Mahendran should be hand in over to Sri Lanka, war criminals should be hand in over international war crimes tribunals to face justice. if they are found to be innocent, then it will be good for those argue there were no war crimes committed.
dara Thursday, 04 June 2020 04:29 PM
Your explanations is vague,not straight,you would have to say this particular person did so, still you are not doing so, other thing is ,as chief executive ,why didn't take rightful legal action, mean, you too are involved,thirdly, why were you hide commission report from the public,sending them to archives,you not innocent,your nick name gamarala exacly fit to you
raa Thursday, 04 June 2020 04:29 PM
likewise, there many war criminals are living in Sri Lanka with protections
Ramon Silva Thursday, 04 June 2020 08:28 PM
Dear M/R, you were the head of the yahapalanaya Govt so best shut your trap as any time you open it only Bull /S comes out, you could have prevented all that happened pitta konda pana thibuna nam
noor Saturday, 13 June 2020 05:24 PM
were you drinking kasippu - why cant you name the few people highly influential and powerful in the Yahapalana Government as you said, and what happen to the bond scam before 2015 ?
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