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Despite all the COPE members agreed with MP Ajith P. Perera’s suggestions that Perpetual Treasuries should be held responsible in the controversial Central Bank bond issue and the Police should conduct an investigation, the suggestions were not included in final COPE report, Deputy Minister Harsha De Silva said today.

Speaking at a media briefing today, Dr. De Silva, who is also a member of the COPE said the suggestions were endorsed by all COPE members during the time the COPE Chairman MP Sunil Handunnetti walked out of the meeting.

The suggestions were also included in the draft of the report, he said.

“The most important thing is that all members of COPE had agreed to all recommendations,” he said while assuring that further action would be taken on the report.

“We the UNP respect COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti,” he said.

Responding to a question raised by the journalists as why Mr. Handunnetti walked out of the COPE meeting, Dr. De Silva said it was upto Mr. Handunnetti to answer that question.

“I told Mr. Handunnetti to stay back but he did not heed to my request,” he added.

He said the foot notes, which are included in the report of Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) on the bond issue, only reflected the policy of issuing bonds and not the controversial transaction.

A section of COPE members placed their signatures to foot notes, which the report comprised while others did not agree.

Dr. De Silva said that the foot notes only denoted the methods under which bonds were issued.

“These only contain as to whether the bonds were issued through Primary Dealers or directly and the percentage of both methods in the mixed policy that is followed since 2008,” he said.

Further, he said there could be others who could be responsible for bond scams other than Arjuna Mahendran and Arjun Aloysius.

“If you flash the torch you would be able see that there are some more, who are responsible,” he said.

This, he said, could be found out if one examined the secondary market details. (Yohan Perera)


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  Comments - 6

  • B S Perera Sunday, 30 October 2016 05:29 PM

    After trying hard to safeguard AM and RW, Harsha

    ala Sunday, 30 October 2016 06:27 PM

    Whatever you say Dr. , now the public know very well who tried to sabotage this investigation. It will take some concrete actions on your part to restore the publics confidence in good governance.

    Citizen Sunday, 30 October 2016 07:49 PM

    The less you talk now the better. The public knows where their money went.

    lkboy Monday, 31 October 2016 02:42 PM

    Ajith perera has got his reputation tarnished.

    rasheed Monday, 31 October 2016 08:59 AM

    You was gentlemen when you in the opposition, now you have become a opportunist.

    Citizen Sunday, 30 October 2016 03:02 PM

    What's wrong with Ajith Perera? He does not seem to be agreeing with other UNP colleagues in COPE.

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