Former Defence Secretary says “allegations are baseless”

Former Defence Secretary says “allegations are baseless”

Former Defence Secretary says “allegations are baseless”

Written by Staff Writer

19 Jan, 2015 | 9:58 pm

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has dismissed as baseless, allegations that he maintained an account with the Bank of Ceylon with funds of Rs.8 billion.

Issuing a statement, he says that the claim is grossly misleading and has been made purely with the ulterior motive of discrediting his character and his reputation.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that to his knowledge, there exists an operational account with the Bank of Ceylon, Taprobane Branch, the funds of which are dedicated to financing the construction of the proposed Army Headquarters building at Pelawatte.

Furthermore, Gotabaya Rajapaksa writes that the account was opened with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers and the funds deposited in the said account were proceeds from the sale of land at Galle Face, Colombo, on which the Army Headquarters was situated.

He notes that the account is operated by the chief accountant and other authorised officials of the Ministry of Defence, under the overall supervision of the Secretary of Defence.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the account was opened in 2011m with about Rs. 20 billion being the proceeds from the sale of land at Galle Face.

He notes that the balance in the said account on the last day of his holding office, was certainly more than Rs.8 billion , adding that these figures can be verified with the Treasury.

Furthermore, he notes that since he has ceased to be the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, his successor becomes the automatic custodian of the account, adding that all facts he has presented in this statement, can be verified by the current Defence Secretary.

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