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Perceptual Treasuries Chief Arjun Aloysius offered me money in 2015 but I refused to accept it, Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said yesterday.

Mr. Ramanayake told a media briefing that he was among many MPs who were offered money by the Perpetual Treasuries Chief.

“I was offered money by Aloysius but I refused to accept saying I don’t want to associate with them,” he sai

"JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and I were the only two MPs who had refused to accept money from Aloysius,” he added. The Deputy Minister was a member of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in Parliament which carried out a probe on it.

Mr. Ramanayake said prominent members of clergy belonging to all four main religions, journalists, artistes, MPs, provincial and local politicians were among the 118 persons who had obtained money from Perceptual Treasuries Chief. He said he learnt this from reliable sources.

“Those who don’t criticize former Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera who had been charged with obtaining money from Perceptual Treasuries Chief are the ones who have also taken money from Aloysius. Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake was asked to comment on Dayasiri Jaysekera but he had refused to do so. Only Bandulalal Bandarigoda and few others have criticized Mr Jayasekera and I ask the MPs in my own party to criticize Mr. Jayasekera and prove their innocence,” he said. He said the criticism made by SLPP Chairman Prof. G L Peiris was commendable.

He also said Mr. Jayasekera should return the one million rupees to Aloysius.

Further he said Aloysius and Palisena are revealing details of the people to whom they gave money from prison.

Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena assured me that he would soon reveal those who got into deals with the corrupt right from January 8, 2018, Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said yesterday.

Mr. Ramanayake the President made this assurance when speaking to him over the telephone last morning. “President called me after seeing the statement I made last week that those who pledged to arrest the corrupt within 24 hours of coming to power but gave helicopters for them to get away. He told me that he was not involved in those matters. I told him to make a public statement and disclose everything to the people. Therefore he agreed to make a public statement and disclose everything,” Mr. Ramanayake said.

The Deputy Minister said the President also instructed him to send application to his office asking for the names of 118 persons who had obtained cheques from Perceptual Treasuries Chief Arjun Aloysius under Right to information Bill (RTI) and he had already sent an application.

“ I hope the Prime Minister will also make a statement and reveal everything to the people,” he also said. (Yohan Perera)

Ranjan talks to Sumanadasa

During a media briefing yesterday Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake phoned well known Astrologer Sumanadasa Abeygunasekara on his mobile to inquire whether it was he who provided advise on Vasthu Sasthra ( science of architecture ) for a newly made mansion which is said was owned by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Ranjan: Hello Mr. Abeygunasekara, I am your good friend Ranjan Ramanayake.

Sumanadasa: Ha.. Ayubowan.. Ayubowan are you speaking in the presence of the media.

Ranjan: Are you crazy? I am talking from home... I want to know about that Nandasena.. Mr. Gotabaya's house in Kataragama.. Did you do the Vasthu advice for that also?

Sumanadasa: No no I never did it... I have actually not even spoken to Mr. Gotabaya.

Pic By Kushan Pathiraja


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  • Mandy Tuesday, 29 May 2018 02:52 AM

    Why did not the President reveal the names till asked for by RR. Should he not have sent it to the Bribery Commiision or the FCID promptly. Was he trying to cover up ?

    Observer Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:43 PM

    Even if the list is released now it would be stale news.

    AJ Wednesday, 30 May 2018 03:54 PM

    all politicians are corrupt.

    dulan Tuesday, 29 May 2018 03:18 AM

    They will never revel the 118 names and no one will be punished

    Tinkiriya Tuesday, 29 May 2018 03:29 AM

    Ranjan, why did you not inform bribery commission or law enforcement of this alleged attempt to bribe you or suspicious criminal activity by PTL? It does not matter of you accepted or not, your silence also makes you an accomplice to blow the whistle on criminal activity.

    Dhammika Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:21 AM

    At least Ranjan R was honest NOT to accept any money and declined it does not make him a suspect . So dont try to put him same as the other politicians . The most needed Qualification for todays politicians is HONESTY !

    GC Tuesday, 29 May 2018 02:25 PM

    Hello TinkiriIs this an attempt at whitewashing the corrupt by accusing the straight person?

    nimal Tuesday, 29 May 2018 04:22 PM

    he is not honest. He waited until Dayasiri left the govt to reveal this. If he didn't Ranjan would not say a word. This guy was trained and acting upon when instructed by RW. He is well game player

    True patriot Tuesday, 29 May 2018 05:28 PM

    Deputy minsterial post was probably the punishment for having clean hands.

    Dhammika Tuesday, 29 May 2018 03:32 AM


    sss Tuesday, 29 May 2018 05:07 AM

    So why is he sidelined by Mr. Clean and his inner circle?

    BV Tuesday, 29 May 2018 11:21 AM

    Because Mr.Clean and his inner circle are actually not clean.

    sarath Tuesday, 29 May 2018 06:36 AM

    Ranjan shall reveal the way he conducted his election campaign without getting funds from his friends or others or say I spent only my money and not a cent of others.

    GC Tuesday, 29 May 2018 02:28 PM

    Sarath, It is unfortunate you seem to divert attention from the situation and whitewash others. It is not whether one received funds from others but the issue is whether one received from the corrupt. All politicians need contributions from the party, relations etc. For transparency, there should be a mechanism to publish large contributions received by politicians.

    Unchikun Tuesday, 29 May 2018 07:24 AM

    Well said Ranjan. You make by day. Please expose all these vultures .

    MO77 Tuesday, 29 May 2018 07:39 AM

    First, reduce number of MPs in parliament at the time of Sri Lanka got independent and limit number of minister and deputy minister as same level. Scrap all number of sate minsters. Reduce the number of pradesiya saba members. Reduce the number of provincial council members by the election and add some honorary members without election. Presidential and parliament election will be held on same day.

    Dot Tuesday, 29 May 2018 07:43 AM

    The bribe giver is at fault for deviant behaviour as much as the one who accepted the bribe ..Was R R aware of this aspect of ethical behaviour as a law abiding citizen ? Our country need education on this aspect of law and order .

    Don Tuesday, 29 May 2018 07:47 AM

    Accepting money in cash or in a cheque secretly is Bribery.Now they can not wash their hands to say that was for funding for election. They got millions of Dollars to spend in abroad as well. Bribery Commission must arrest them soon.

    Hari Mani Tuesday, 29 May 2018 08:02 AM

    Are we as a country, so bankrupt that we have to keep electing these people all over again? Cant someone take a lead and form a new party with educated, service minded and honest people?

    TONY Tuesday, 29 May 2018 08:57 AM


    Sharon Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:09 AM

    No one will trust you again RR. Lying in front of media...

    DHA Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:40 AM

    Even at a smallest incident this gentleman visits bribery commission guess he must've forgotten about the commission another amnesia case

    Krishantha Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:43 AM

    The best actor of the parliament.Time to time coming in front of media

    Gamaya Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:43 AM

    This is stolen money. All 118 must be made to return it.

    GC Tuesday, 29 May 2018 02:30 PM

    Return with interest, I would say.

    sigiriya Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:46 AM

    He was at a Media briefing. Then why did he lie when asked whether he was speaking in the presence of the media.Ranjan Ramanayake proves that he cannot be trusted. Beware of him and what he says.

    Tesla Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:55 AM

    Do not believe what president says as he is not telling any truth. Always he says which can't be done by himself

    asela Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:14 AM

    From time to time we get politicians of different characters who sometimes make people laugh and also make himself a fool. few of them are Mervyn Silva Ranjan R Thewapperuma etc . Truth is that they do not have experience or knowledge to attend to their subject matters and they indulge in other affairs to show the public that they are doing a great deal of work,

    Common Citizen Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:26 AM

    I had difficulties paying my last month's electricity bill, But see the money these corrupted politicians talking about. It is high time we need genuine honest patriots as our law enforcers.

    cheers Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:29 AM

    So he was offered but never reported it and that is good enough him to be arrested. Do not loose your already lost reputation further trying to sling mud at Gotabaya as Ranjan you are a zero compared to Gota

    Chux Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:36 AM

    You will be a loner

    shahiq Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:51 AM

    I feel for Mr. Ranjan. He Is trying make a difference but the system is so corrupt nothing could be done. No politicians can bring the change as long as the system doesnt change.

    Aloysius Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:54 AM

    Actually Ranjan was never offered money. He’s just courting publicity as usual. Besides he’s b en promising these names for a Long time...

    Aruna Tuesday, 29 May 2018 11:02 AM

    What I don't understand is if the PM who was connected infamous bond scam was no wrong and the No-Faith Motion against him was dismissed and acquitted by you all, how come taking money from Aloysius is wrong?

    POPULAR . Tuesday, 29 May 2018 11:14 AM


    Ravi Tuesday, 29 May 2018 11:42 AM

    If Ranjan was offered money and he knew money is being distribute among other MPs, he should've logged a complaint as bribery is prohibited by law. This is not small amount of money and surely he would've know the source the money coming from. Covering such incident is again punishable offence. After all he is a MP and has double obligation to do so

    Ceylon Tuesday, 29 May 2018 11:47 AM

    This is the true hero.look at garbage sirisena,ranil and other animals.lanka need ranjan type leaders who are honest,able and brave.but unlucky country dont have the right place for them.all thieves blocking their way.

    Jerome Tuesday, 29 May 2018 01:35 PM

    Do respect not being taking dirty money from that disgraceful man, ones who have taken should be ashamed of for their bloody insane acts how can people expect a service from dishonest thieves.

    Haramanis Tuesday, 29 May 2018 03:03 PM

    Ranjan rejected the money from PTL because its peanuts compared to his other sources of income

    gamarala Tuesday, 29 May 2018 04:13 PM

    In place of "money", substitute 'bribe'.The situation becomes quite clear.

    Sunil Tuesday, 29 May 2018 06:02 PM

    Now there is a stiff competition among our parliamentarians to show that they did not accept bribes from PTL. 118 is more than half the parliament. Of course the President should reveal the names of these corrupt parliamentarians.

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