Written by Tharushan Fernando
24 May, 2015 | 8:51 pm
At a media briefing convened on Sunday, the Voice Against Corruption Movement, condemned the Prime Minister’s statement that fraud amounting to Rs.2.7 trillion had been discovered at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
Convener for Voice Against Corruption,Wasantha Samarasinghe stated, on Sunday that the statements that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has made with regard to the bond issue of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the fraudulent transaction, has already been subject to serious doubt and ridicule in society.
He further added that this is because the transaction occurred via a company owned by Arjuna Mahendran’s son-in-law and daughter and that it was carried out without publishing a notice that the requirement had increased from one billion to ten billion.
He went on to add that Ranil Wickremesinghe was asking if this is thievery, and said they had discovered thievery amounting to 2.7 trillion.
However that new acts of thievery cannot be covered up using old acts of thievery.
He further noted that the person who breaks into a bank today will think that since they are only investigating what happened ten years ago, he can break into another 100 banks tomorrow – and that is the kind of statement that Ranil Wickremesinghe has made.
He went on to add that the entire country knows that Perpetual Capital owned by Arjuna Mahendran’s son-in-law Arjun Aloysius, carried out deals with the former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabral and it does not matter if the theft was large or small or carried out yesterday or the day before.
He noted that the serious matter here is that the final financial report of Perpetual Capital in the six months of 2014 to January, list the company’s profits at 816 million and that Ajith Nivard Cabral helped Arjun Aloysius in the past and at the time, his sister was the Chairperson of Perpetual Capital.
He further noted that since his sister was the Chairperson at the time, information was obtained through that connection and deals were struck. And now that the father-in-law has come in and has become the Governor of the Central Bank, through the first deal with the father-in-law they have caused the country a loss of Rs.40 billion.
He further added that on one hand this is an attempt to bring the President into disrepute and thereby it is his responsibility to immediately appoint a committee and investigate this happening.
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