In the wake of a court case filed challenging Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s citizenship, the Opposition said today, it would seek a Supreme Court interpretation on the validity of currency notes signed by the Central Bank's former governor Arjuna Mahendran, who is a Singaporean national.
MP Dr. Bandula Gunawardana told a news conference Mr. Mahendran was never a Sri Lankan although he signed Sri Lanka's currency notes as the then CB governor.
“According to Singaporean laws, no Singaporean can hold dual citizenship. Therefore, Mr. Mahendran always was and is a Singaporean national. No foreign national is allowed to hold office in Sri Lanka let alone sign currency notes. This was an issue we raised previously as well but gave in after the bond commission was appointed because we thought proper legal action will be taken following the commission’s recommendations. It didn’t happen and today, the government is targeting Gotabaya Rajapaksa over his citizenship when he has evidently abandoned his US citizenship and is a Sri Lankan citizen now,” he said.
Dr. Gunawardena said the Opposition's legal team was studying the legal aspect of Mr. Mahendran signing Sri Lankan currency notes while remaining as a Singaporean national.
“This raises the question whether the notes signed by Mr. Mahendran are valid since he is not a Sri Lankan,” he said.
Commenting on the court case filed against SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Dr. Gunawardena said they had their faith and confidence in the judiciary to deliver a correct judgement.
“Gotabaya renounced his US citizenship. All these allegations and court cases are being made against him since he is contesting the presidential election and is a strong candidate,” he said.
Now only taking action why?It should have done at that time.
Bandu Tuesday, 01 October 2019 08:32 PM
Gotabaya renounced his US citizenship is not the issue but his feaudently voting with old cancelled NIC and getting new Passport and NIC without valid documentation and not disclosing his factual status.
Gamaralage goviya Wednesday, 02 October 2019 06:47 AM
Our srilankan buffellows has only this issue. No other important things for country. Ahooo our childrens future. In Another 10 years this will be one of afgan,iraq,Libiya, . Meeharak never understand
Rds Wednesday, 02 October 2019 07:37 AM
As usual BG has got his wires crossed.
baila bandu Wednesday, 02 October 2019 06:12 AM
This baila ostar can be in the next baila contest .
dhanapala Wednesday, 02 October 2019 07:58 AM
Not the person who signed but position/Post matters. Otherwise all what took place at CB during his tenure has to be invalid which is not so.
Venom Wednesday, 02 October 2019 06:36 PM
When it rains the frog starts his cacophony and most times it's out of tune!!!
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