Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Harsha de Silva yesterday said he considered the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) report in which former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran was held responsible for the controversial Central Bank Bond sale scam, as a giant step of ‘Yahapalana’ Government.
Addressing the media at Parliament premises, the Deputy Minister said that it was proof to show the strength of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government.
“The allegation against the ex-CB Governor, which is a government institute, falls under the rule of the Prime Minister” he added.
He said all the parliamentarians representing several political parties and groups, including the SLFP, UPFA, UNP, JO, JVP, NFF and TNA had given their unanimous approval on recommendations included in the report.
Meanwhile, he said that he had agreed to the recommendations included in the report despite there were several instances which he could not approve during the proceedings because of several technical issues.
BR Saturday, 29 October 2016 11:50 AM
I would like to know what will happen to the 30 previous cope reports dumped in to the dustbin.Public would expect all reports to be sent to the AG for action.
rosebud Sunday, 30 October 2016 09:21 AM
Rubbish - the COPE report soft pedals too many issues. via DM Android App
180 degrees ? Saturday, 29 October 2016 07:41 PM
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Lokuputha Saturday, 29 October 2016 07:13 PM
Few of my friends and I voted for you and Eran. Never again .You said there was going to be a change . What change . You ran to the west !!. What happened. Now you say Hawerd guys are drawing up plans . In the end who is helping Srilankans. The Chinese. So Dy Minister get your act together . When you were in the opposition you ranted and raved when the stockmarket fell . Now you silent .
kumaran Saturday, 29 October 2016 07:09 PM
Dr. De Silva, we are all very disappointed with you and Eran. You gave us the idea that both of you are the only educated and decent men among this monstrous bunch of corrupt men and women but I guess money corrupts and too much money corrupts absolutely.So sad. So very sad.
sss Saturday, 29 October 2016 05:46 PM
Lol . In Dr. Harsh we have a stand up comedian
Ponil Saturday, 29 October 2016 04:11 PM
Hang them high. With the 2 bolts.
Justin Saturday, 29 October 2016 03:43 PM
Eran Wickramaratne defended Arjuna Mahendran at every turn when he was in the opposition. He has gone underground now. Why is that? Smell a rat.
Sincere Saturday, 29 October 2016 02:52 PM
The strength of the Yahapaalanaya will be proved not merely by the report, but by taking the action proposed by the report.
Sincere Saturday, 29 October 2016 02:49 PM
No NO No. Just wait Mr. Minister. Not until you take action against the perpetrators as per the COPE report. We will tell you whether the Yahapaalanaya is strong or weak as people who voted for it.
Premalal Saturday, 29 October 2016 02:22 PM
I had such high regard for you and Senasinghe but now all that is gone. You two are pathetic.
DGee Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:45 PM
Why did you UNPers added foot notes if you believe it to be a good report. Technical issues are mere excuses to upset it. Before the report came out UNP leadership was making statements in the Parliament differently. Now PM is saying Horas have come to Yahapalanaya? does that mean JO are not Horas? Very confusing.
Daham Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:21 PM
Weren't they the ones who all along said that Arjuna Mahendran was not responsible for the controversial Central Bank Bond sale scam.
sudu Saturday, 29 October 2016 08:44 AM
haiyo who are we kidding here via DM Android App
Selvyn Saturday, 29 October 2016 11:11 AM
Its a unique moment for the good governance. This unity in diversity must flourish to set further examples via DM Android App
MAD COW Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:44 AM
Agreed, this fellow shiuld not take as professional, he also rough
gamaya Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:44 AM
i would request you to step down as a royalist!. Just show the country that there are Royalist with dignity in the parliment!!
Kamal Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:38 AM
Cope report COPE report shows strength of Yahapalanaya!!!!Then Bond scam shows what????
Concern voter Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:03 AM
Dear Dy Minister HarshaI also contributed you to go to parliament during last election thinking that you would work according to norms of the world and be a true servent of people. Just making flyover,roads or giving foods, donations etc will not benefited people as with or without these people will service, there are no reports of people died due to starvation etc. This is the junction, you have to prove you work for the people or just for the party. Just because your leaders told you to do this or that , don't do everything, cos your responsibility lies on people, who selected you, not the party. What ever you justified Bond issue, the final is its a day light robbery, now people had to suffer for years. Most of your voters are intellectual, and educated people, they know what happened. I and 11 other family members have to 're think abt our votes at next election. We totally disappointed about your move. I know this not you- Concern voter
Tharaka Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:51 AM
It's important that people responsible for this fraud is brought to books and public funds are recovered. At the same time, previous bond deals also should be probed and responsible people held to account, these type of dealings have been taking place for sometime now, imho.
S kumara Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:43 AM
Yes he is correct. They rob in style but very reasonable to allow investigation
DING DONG Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:15 AM
STRENGTH OF YAHAPALA NA DEPENDS ON HOW THE CULPRITS WILL BE GIVEN MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT SO THAT NOBODY WILL DARE DO SUCH DIRTY THING IN FUTURE. via DM Android App
Avisenna Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:10 AM
leaders of yahapalanaya appointed supported adviced aided abated shielded this man who was responsible for the scam the biggest scam in the history. As it was said in parliament must honourably apologise to the nation. Otherwise meaning of Yahapalanaya will have no sense. via DM Android App
Jagath Leanage Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:09 AM
If so then report should have been a single report. Some members put foot notes I believe.
Madiya Saturday, 29 October 2016 08:55 AM
Yes, it does. What is needed is to take action against the people who were associated with this large scale fraud. You leader and the leader of the house was backing the former governor of the CB nail and tooth.
Vik Saturday, 29 October 2016 08:49 AM
What about appointing someone with a dubious history as the CB governor, letting him commit fraud and trying hard to cover his tracks after mega fraud is committed? Is that 'yahapaalanaya' too? Shouldn't 'yahapaalanaya' also mean the responsible ministers resigning their posts....may be the minister's yahapaalanaya is different to what the general public think it is.
Footnote gang Saturday, 29 October 2016 08:46 AM
Grapes are sweet not sour under Yahapalanaya.
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