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Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera yesterday said he had expected a tough report from the COPE in which former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran was held responsible for the Central Bank Bond sale scam.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Deputy Minister Perera said Mr. Mahendran and the Directors attached to the Perpetual Treasuries Limited should be fallen under criminal liability whereas they were accused of unjust enrichment.

“I am happy since the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) report was unanimous. In my point of view, I was expecting for a tough report where the alleged personnel attached to the bond scam would get penalized under the criminal law. But the JVP did not agree to it,” he said.

He said the COPE report which was issued yesterday was a result of the JVP’s disagreement on the matter and added that there were several unclear points in the report.

He said that the report issued by the COPE was quite soft comparing with the seriousness of this issue. He also said the wrongdoers would get benefited in the future through this report.

“In conclusion, the UNP has not expected such a report. Since the beginning, we were asking to personally investigate the former and current Board of Directors at the Perpetual Treasuries Limited, as we sensed that the investigation on the company is not sufficient. But the JVP opposed to it,” he added. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

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  • David Saturday, 29 October 2016 05:37 PM

    Civil society is the most corrupt. Who fund them? Where is weli anicut of naked international? Soooo silent for CB scam!!!!

    Soma Saturday, 29 October 2016 05:43 PM

    It's shocking that you are an engineer

    Kolla Saturday, 29 October 2016 05:58 PM

    Do you know how hard it is to hide 9000 BILLION rupees? Don't be ignorant. The reason they haven't found anything is maybe because it hasn't actually happened. I don't know where it went. But don't you think that if it happened the government would do everything in their power to find it in order to secure their credibility as a good government? , because finding it means game over for MR as well as his followers. Think logically. Don't run on emotions.

    lusena Saturday, 29 October 2016 06:20 PM

    then why this man voted left foot notes behind,

    Citizen Saturday, 29 October 2016 06:37 PM

    If it is a criminal offence as he says WHAT IS THE GOVT GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

    Citizen Saturday, 29 October 2016 06:37 PM

    Srilankan politicians are experts in corrupt practices and arguing on the same subject for their entire life.

    Nihal Amarasekera Sunday, 30 October 2016 06:24 PM

    End of the day all politicians are friend and interconnected Kolla; may be the reason nothing is coming out of the 'investigations'

    musthafa Sunday, 30 October 2016 07:08 PM

    DM Ajith , you are one of the main persons in the COPE to save Mahendran very hard. at last you couldn't do anything. man who climbed a cocount tree have a reason to say.

    Stunned Sunday, 30 October 2016 07:46 PM

    Just imagine how these fellows twist their tongue after failing to save the wrong-doers via DM Android App

    Jagath Leanage Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:11 AM

    Which means you admit the scandal what mahendran did. Jumped out of gun. Ha, ha , haaaa.

    Hiran Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:11 AM

    There should be a televised public debate with a impartial moderator agreed by parties. We the public need to know is covering up who for what reasons!!!

    MAD CAT Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:41 AM

    Trying their best to cover the naked of them

    DJ Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:44 AM

    Arun M is a advisor to PM, how come PM ignored this for so long!

    Pibi Saturday, 29 October 2016 11:58 AM

    Politicians running the country seem to have lost their senses completely.

    Marie Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:00 PM

    Mr. Minister it is better if you don't say anything more about this. Are you now saying that it was the JVP who covered up this colossal scam all this Time?

    ET Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:02 PM

    People remember him and others who tried to coverup when uvvote next time. Civil society should black list these guys. These guys are same as MRs yes men...

    DGee Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:15 PM

    This Dep Minister UNPer seem to be relieved by this softer report on the serious CB Bond scam which his party leader tried to ignore. We must see the foot notes by UNPers to the report. If he expected a tough report holding the Governor responsible pl go on a tough line even now to show those who voted for UNP that you are really genuine.

    Daham Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:19 PM

    Surely a face saving comment by the deputy minister.

    Senewi Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:41 PM

    Now He has changed the tune.

    NALAKA Sunday, 30 October 2016 10:28 AM

    All are political tricks. Now people are looking forward to next action against accused.

    Premalal Saturday, 29 October 2016 02:14 PM

    These are the people who run our country. They are worse than common criminals.

    Lima Saturday, 29 October 2016 02:30 PM

    EVERY DAY I WRITE BUT THEY DO NOT PUBLISH MY VIEW . WHERE THE Investigations FOR THE MONEY ROBBED BY MR FAMILY , THEy ROBBED SRI LANKA FOR THE TUNE OF 9000 BILLION , WHERE THE CASES FILED , WHERE THE DEBATE IN PARLIAMENT , WHERE THE ROBBERS BEEN PUNISHED

    Sincere Saturday, 29 October 2016 02:46 PM

    Mr. Minister, Don't just go around the mulberry bush. Take action against the Ex CB Governor as per the report Full stop. We are yahapaalana voters!

    Shelly. Saturday, 29 October 2016 02:47 PM

    Read carefully. What he says is it was not A. M. but the directors who were there at P. T. at the time of bonds sale should have been taken to task by Cope. via DM Android App

    Eng. M.V.R.Perera Saturday, 29 October 2016 03:05 PM

    There appeared to be a brainwashing by the electronic media to make a innocent person guilty because he adopted a transparent bidding process for the bond issue if any person as credible evidence he should submit them to various commissions apointed by the government if on investigation they are established credible then and only then they will be arrested and remanded if they are proved not credible there will be no action

    Madiya Saturday, 29 October 2016 03:50 PM

    You graduated from a great high school that teaches us logic and logical thinking. The Buddhist philosophy is all about logical thinking. Please help keep our school flag flying high and make sensible statements. If it is a bank robbery then it is so, at least for people like me!


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