Written by Tharushan Fernando
11 Jun, 2016 | 9:10 pm
The actions of the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka became the centre of discussion on Saturday as well.
Speaking during a recording for the programme Hot Seat that will be aired on Wednesday at 9.30 p.m. on TV1, Attorney at Law Chrishmal Warnasuriya spoke on whether legal action can be taken against the re-appointment of the Governor of the CBSL
Attorney at Law Chrishmal Warnasuriya pointed out that in the 19th amendment it was drafted that a new 33A, coming after the old constitution where the President will be responsible to parliament for the due exercise, performance and discharge of his powers, duties and functions under the constitution and any written law.
He added that a new provision has been brought in the 19th amendment stating the “President is responsible to parliament for doing his duties under any written law. And one of those duties under any written law is under the Monetary Law appointing the Central Bank Governor, and if the President is not doing that duty in terms of the law because he is responsible to parliament. And now parliament by COPE is checking up on the misconduct of the so-called appointee, then he is violating this provision of the constitution and one can go to the judiciary, check that.
A problematic situation arose with regard to obtaining data pertaining to the controversial bond issue when the Central Bank rejected the Auditor General’s request to provide the data. After the Auditor General informed of the matter to the Committee on Public Enterprise or COPE, the Governor of the Central Bank was summoned before COPE last Wednesday. When the governor appeared before the COPE committee, he was ordered to provide all data necessary to the Auditor General before June 15 A number of details regarding the issue was revealed during an interview with the chairman of the COPE committee that was aired on Friday.
Minister of Irrigation and Water Resource Management,Vijith Wijayamuni Soysa said that the SLFP has given details regarding the matter to the president and the prime minister
“I think the the president and the prime minister will take a correct decision”, he said.
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