Written by Tharushan Fernando
23 Oct, 2016 | 7:55 pm
JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake, one of the members of the Committee on Public Enterprises or COPE, claims that an attempt is underway to misdirect the true situation regarding the controversial Central Bank Bond issue.
The JVP parliamentarian charged that there were two irreconcilable opinions within the group of MPs which was the opinion that fraud was committed – and the opinion that there was no fraud
He added that 14 MPs of COPE met on October 21, and a majority of the total members were present. And majority of members present at the time agreed that the second draft put forward by the Chairman and the Secretariat and the data and recommendations pertaining to the fraud, were sufficient. And thereby the majority accepted it and at the same time, another group of MPs did not accept the report and stated that there was a need for another report to be prepared based on other facts and this discussion is ongoing.
He went on to note that the MPs on COPE will meet again on the 24th. And as per the ongoing discussions, it appears that none of the people who have been put forward will be found guilty and instead, David Ricardo, considered the father of world economics, will be found guilty.
He further noted that it is clear that two or more reports may come from COPE but whatever the case the JVP is a party that unconditionally works against corruption in this country, corruption committed by the SLFP, corruption committed by the UNP and corruption committed by both of them together.
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