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CB bond scam: Govt. MPs to request Prez to resume legal proceedings

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Some government members are to request President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resume legal proceedings on the Central Bank bond scam despite the absence of main suspect, Central Bank's former governor Arjuna Mahendran, State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana said today.

He told a news briefing that former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe could not get away from this scandal and must also be made an accused in the case.

“It was Mr. Wickremesinghe who brought the CB, which administrated by the Finance Ministry under the purview of his Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs in 2015 and hand picked Mahendran for the post of governor ignoring vehement protests by former president Maithripala Sirisena and several former ministers including Patali Champika Ranawaka and Rajitha Senaratne. Mr. Mahehdran in his evidence had said he acted on the instructions of Mr. Wickremesinghe,” he said.

The state minister said in response to the Daily Mirror that charges of misappropriation of public money could also be brought against Mr. Wickremesinghe on the leasing of the DPJ building and that the Auditor General’s report was enough evidence to file charges against Mr. Wickremesinghe.

“The President will take legal action against all corrupt politicians and officials who have engaged in various corrupt deals," the state minister said.

He said it he who fired Mr. Mahendran from his post in 2018 when he was acting finance minister when Mr. Wickremesinghe and Mangala Smaraweera were out of the country.

He said he beleived that the bond scam had caused a loss of rupees one trillion.(Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 6

  • TONY Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:56 PM

    LATE ACTION TO HOODWINK THE VOTERS. WHY NOT LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS ALSO

    Joe A Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:44 AM

    we need to decide our vote,if government won't take steps to sue culprits, as promised, don't depend on our vote

    Sando Wednesday, 26 February 2020 12:19 PM

    2015-19 period was a destructive Regime. Salawa, Bond Scam, April 21st Bombings, UN Resolution, Defaming our Defense Attache in UK for showing the LTTE.....what they deserve....

    rew Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:10 PM

    Same action against those responsible for massive Sri Lanka Airlines scam

    samson Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:22 PM

    Legal proceedings required Mahendran, Cabraal, Ravi, Wickramasinghe. Why is the govt soft?

    Sugandh Thomas Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:24 PM

    Is it the president’s call? Are government members so accustomed to interfering with the judiciary, they are comfortable asking the president to make the call?


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