Written by Tharushan Fernando
08 Jul, 2015 | 8:53 pm
The Collective of National Organisations has charged that at a time when there are allegations over the Central Banks issue of bonds, the company in question over the controversy has been permitted to intervene in another transaction of bonds.
Various factions echoed their sentiments on the issue of bonds by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, which has led to much controversy.
Convening a media briefing recently, the former Chairman of COPE or the Committee on Public Enterprises D.E.W Gunasekera noted that he requested the president to take action based on the interim report compiled on the issue of treasury bonds by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
Speaking at a Press Conference on July 7, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the former Chairman of COPE making a statement on the investigations was a violation of Parliamentary Privileges and alleged that such a statement was made to secure political goals.
General Secretary of the SLFP, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa on July 8 said the treasury bond issue is what is haunting the UNP right now. He said that because of his failure to provide an answer, the prime minister called a media briefing that he would be making a special statement.
Yapa stated was assumed that he would make a statement on the party or the economy or the election system; instead, what was said was something entirely different where he made a confession on the bond issue. Yapa said the issue had affected the UNP to a level where they made allegations against D.E.W. Gunasekera, who is a person with a clean slate.
Collective of National Organisations, Dr. Wasantha Bandara expressed that if one is innocent, one can speak on it and call for an investigation. Dr. Bandara said one can say they are not afraid but they did not do that; instead they undermined this and did it because there is something to hide.
He further noted that Wickremesinghe had a moral responsibility to tell the governor that he appointed not to provide the tenders to the company of his son-in-law and he could even blacklist it. However, he said, as of today the Central Bank has called for tenders to the tune of Rs. 40 billion and the tenders were supposed to close at 11 a.m. but they have given provision for the company of the governor’s son-in-law to also submit tenders.
He went on to raise the question of whether Ranil Wickremesinghe should be held accountable over this.
Convenor of the Collective of National Organisations, Dr. Gunadasa Amarsekera added that others may have engaged in corruption through the obtaining of commissions or adding more value to the bills; however, these people have deceived the entire treasury and the country. He further added that the COPE report had highlighted the extent of the corruption and that Ranil Wickremesinghe, the most corrupt person in the country, was involved.
Convener of Trade Union Collective for a Just Society, Saman Rathnapriya added that when anyone of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party or the United People’s Freedom Alliance was engaged in corruption, they were against it. Likewise, he said, if Arjuna Mahendran had committed a wrong deed, they were against it and if he committed a wrong deed he needs to be removed. He added that D.E.W. Gunasekera must come forward and make it clear that these persons are guilty but there is no such environment at present.
Question were also raised at the expose press conference convened by the United National Party recently, where it was asked when the bond issue making headlines will be revealed, to which Former UNP Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara replied that there will be number soon and files against the Ministers and MPs will also receive a number in the future. He noted that currently the old documents are being worked on. He further noted that a document can be produced at various places but that the people know who the thieves are.
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