Mr Rajapaksa told me that I have to be grateful to him as it was he who saved me from going to prison
- says There are over 100 MPs who hold bar permits, two are involved in drug trafficking and one who is involved in horse racing business
- he managed to uncover who was behind the bomb explosion at Sharuk Khan concert in 2005
- says he made these recordings to fight against corruption
- Apologises to those who got into trouble after the audio clips were leaked
- Says has no recordings of conversations with President Gotabaya
- Claims that Perpetual Treasuries Chief offered him a bribe
- Says CDs which he tabled has proof of match fixing carried out by Sumathipala
- Recalls he and Mr. Wijesekara uncovered the scam with regard to who purchased the penthouse apartment
By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana
MP Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday tabled in Parliament several CDs containing audio clips of phone conversations he has had with many people including a few heads of State.
No audio clips of President
He did so while stating in Parliament that he was tabling the CDs containing telephone conversations he has had with politicians of various political parties, prostitutes, artistes, members of clergy and even heads of State. However, the MP said he had no recordings of conversations he had with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Audio clips of Arjun Aloysius, MP Kanchana Wijesekera
Listing out the conversations, the MP said he had tabled recordings of phone conversations he has had with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, conversations he has had with Perpetual Treasuries Chief Arjun Aloysius, MP Kanchana Wijesekera and many others. He alleged that Perpetual Treasuries Chief offered him a bribe which he declined to accept.
“ I have had seven phone conversations with Prime Minister Rajapaksa and he once told me that I have to be grateful to him as he saved me from going to prison some years ago. “I and Mr Wijesekara were able to uncover the scam with regard to who purchased the Penthouse apartment and as to who was actually behind the bond scam. The CDs which I have tabled has proof of match fixing carried out by MP Thilanga Sumathipala,” he said.
Bomb explosion at Sharuk Khan concert
The MP said he had managed to uncover who was behind the bomb explosion at Sharuk Khan concert in 2005 through phone conversations he has had with various individuals. An MP at this time questioned him as to who was behind this bomb attack and Mr. Ramanayake told him to inquire it from MP Udaya Gammanpila.
100 MPs who hold bar permits
“ Can anyone here are eligible to provide me with character certificates?. There are over 100 MPs who hold bar permits, there are two who are involved in drug trafficking and one who is involved in horse racing business. Therefore I don’t need character certificates from any one of those.” Mr Ramanayake said. “ I don’t need any character certificates as I know I have done the right thing” he added.
“I have also video recordings of the conversations I have had with various persons at my home including the media interviews I have given in the past,” he said. “I did this because denying has become a norm in Sri Lankan society. I have proof of the allegations I have made in the past.”
Some phone conversations doctored
The MP tendered an apology to all those who have got into difficulty as a result of the phone conversations had with various persons being leaked and apologized to MP Hirunika Premachandra as well. He claimed that some of his phone conversations have been doctored.
“I prefer to be in prison and speak the truth rather than be outside and speak lies,” MP Ramanayake said. Also The MP said he would welcome the appointment of a commission to probe his leaked phone calls so that he can provide all details on what he had managed to uncover.
- I and Mr Wijesekara were able to uncover as to who was actually behind the bond scam
- Accuses that some of his phone conversations were doctored
- The MP said he had recorded seven conversations he had with Prime Minister Rajapaksa
- Tabled recordings of phone conversations he has had with PM Rajapaksa