Written by Tharushan Fernando
03 Jul, 2015 | 9:49 pm
Chairman of Committee on Public Enterprises or COPE, D.E.W. Gunesekera noted that the COPE report on the investigations on the Central Bank Bond issue could not be completed as Parliament was dissolved.
However, Gunesekera has requested that the president reach a decision after reviewing the report.
He further questioned as to what the reason was for not being able to produce the report in Parliament. He added that there was no knowledge that the Parliament would be dissolved and the Speaker said that it be presented on the 7th and everyone would have known what had happened if Parliament was dissolved a week later, as he would have spoken on the the report in parliament and there would have been a debate on it.
He went on to add that this opportunity was lost and the three- member committee of the Prime Minister investigated for three months and produced a three page report. He added:
…whereas I called 47 persons within a month and filed a 447 page report.
He further requested from all the political parties, to include in their election manifestos, to call for the COPE report and President Maithripala Sirisena to obtain this report from the General Secretary of Parliament and take required measures.
The Chairman of COPE expressed his sentiments about the allegations that were levelled by some politicians on the investigations conducted by the COPE.
He added that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe raised a question saying that he is ready to give evidence before the COPE and also questioned as to why he was not summoned; and that before that the prime minister spoke for hours at the chambers but failed to mention anything about it.
I am not content that he did not tell me directly that he wants to provide evidence nor did he mention it in parliament and he had made a statement that he was not summoned by COPE to provide evidence at some rally.
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