Written by Keshala Dias
03 Aug, 2017 | 8:31 pm
Anti corruption activists say that there are several other parties that should be investigated in the matter of the alleged bond scam.A meeting that is believed to have led to the serious allegations of fraud in the alleged bond scam was held on February 26, 2015.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs on March 6,2015, the government had decided to raise urgent funds of Rs. 15 billion to recommence stalled expressway projects.
The meeting was attended by then Finance Minister, the Minister of Investment Promotion and Higher Education, the Treasury Secretary, the Governor of the Central Bank and Malik Samarawickrama.
Incidentally, at the time, Samarawickrama was the Chairman of the UNP and was not a public representative elected by the people, nor did he hold any official position in the government.
Responding to inquiries from News1stt at the time, Samarawickrama confirmed that he was present at this meeting.
Keerthi Tennakoon (Executive Director – CaFFE):
[quote]”It was revealed before COPE that Ravi Karunanayake, Malik Samarawickrama, Kabir Hashim, the Governor of the Central Bank and the Treasury Secretary were present at this meeting. All of them are now major characters in the bond scam. We firmly believe that former UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema, the current UNP General Secretary and Kabir Hashim should be summoned before the Commission of Inquiry. This process should not single out one individual.”[/quote]
Rusiripala Tennekone (Former Senior Banker):
[quote]”This meeting was held on the day prior to the February 27 bond issue at the Central Bank, with the participation of two ministers and Malik Samarawickrema who held no official position but only a political position. Since there is doubt in society today as to whether this meeting was truly held to confirm an urgent need for funding, all of those present at those meetings should be questioned on the true purpose. This is a question we are posing on behalf of the people.”[/quote]
Wimal Weerawansa (UPFA MP):
[quote]”Malik Samarawickrama is behind everything related to the bond transaction. Malik Samarawickrama is also behind every privatisation of enterprises of this government. Malik Samarawickrama is the main agent in Ranil Wickremesinghe’s scheme. Ravi Karunanayake is no innocent, but these individuals have no right to claim innocence. Minister Malik Samarawickrama must be brought before the Commission.”[/quote]
S. B. Dissanayake (Minister – Social Empowerment & Welfare):
[quote]”Considering the facts, there are serious questions regarding the names that have been mentioned. I believe the President and the Prime Minister must immediately take a decision to safeguard the reputation of the party and the government. The people will be incited. No confidence motions will be submitted. Problems will arise within the parties. Problems will arise within the government. So, these matters must be carefully considered and a decision must be taken. I believe that this is the responsibility of the President and the Prime Minister.”[/quote]
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